: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts
So far, I've had the common sense not to tweet anything ghastly.—James Poniewozik
The poker players learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong. There is such a thing as absolute premonition of cards, a rock bottom surety of what will happen next.—David Mamet
With tsunamis, it may seem only common sense to Earth scientists to run away from (and not toward) the water when the sea is drawn rapidly down and away from the beach as a tsunami approaches. But that response is counterintuitive for most people.—Thomas C. Pierson
sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence.
a choice showing good sense
common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge.
common sense tells me it's wrong
judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity.
they relied on her judgment for guidance
wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average.
a leader of rare wisdom
Examples of common sense in a Sentence
You really should go to see a doctor if your leg hurts that much. It's just common sense!
Obey the laws and use common sense when operating your boat.
She's very smart but she doesn't have a lot of common sense.
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