common knowledge


: something that many or most people know
It's common knowledge that she plans to run for mayor.

Examples of common knowledge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, making those batteries takes a lot of (mostly-not-clean) energy and hurts the environment in other ways, a fact that's become common knowledge after widespread media coverage. Camila Domonoske, NPR, 9 May 2024 It’s been common knowledge around City Hall that this year’s budget process was going to be something of a bummer. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2024 It’s been somewhat common knowledge that LeBron was hoping to play for whatever team were to draft his son, so the two could play together. Trisha Garcia-Easto, Sacramento Bee, 2 May 2024 Stanton faded from common knowledge, his many achievements—from leading the manhunt for Booth to helping Lincoln guide the Union to victory—largely forgotten. Vanessa Armstrong, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Mar. 2024 To customer service leaders, these tactics are common knowledge, but so is the reality that these tactics often do not truly move the efficiency needle. Gadi Shamia, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The appetite of female spiders is common knowledge by now. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 13 Mar. 2024 But in a nation as heterogeneous as the U.S., the very idea of common knowledge is a false one. Sophia Stewart, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 But this airline customer service misdirection is common knowledge in the travel industry and among people who know Google. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2024

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“Common knowledge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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