common sense


Definition of common sense 

: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts She's very smart but doesn't have a lot of common sense. rely on common sense for personal safety

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Other Words from common sense

commonsense \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)s \ adjective
commonsensible \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl \ adjective
commonsensical \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl \ adjective
commonsensically \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)-si-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for common sense


discreetness, discretion, gumption [chiefly dialect], horse sense, levelheadedness, policy, prudence, sense, sensibleness, wisdom, wit


imprudence, indiscretion

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sense, common sense, judgment, wisdom mean ability to reach intelligent conclusions. 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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Most of all, both Hirschfeld and Fogel agree, use common sense. Jean Bentley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Casting Directors Share Their Dos and Don'ts for Auditioning Actors," 9 June 2018 But public demand for the record was too great, and eventually Morales gave in to common sense. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "David Morales, Spearmint and the Best Piano Sample of 1998," 1 June 2018 Reading about Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan taught Joseph common sense and an appreciation of the great outdoors. Leslie Anne Tarabella,, "The recipe for making a man," 1 May 2018 Norma had so much common sense and a great understanding of human nature. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/8," 8 July 2018 Of course, the code has to overcome the common sense of the victim as well. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Really dumb malware targets cryptocurrency fans using Macs," 3 July 2018 Michigan's fire marshal, Kevin Sehlmeyer, says common sense and safety precautions can help avoid serious burns and fires at the grill. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Grilling in the garage in Warren could soon land you in jail," 18 June 2018 But common sense was designed for common situations. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "Middle College High School in Gulfton is last chance for at-risk students," 12 June 2018 And Billingsley has a longer message, the highlight of which is that Phoenix, as a scientist, can help put common sense and an emphasis on evidence back in government. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How a volcano scientist set out to change American politics," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of common sense

1726, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of common sense

: the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions

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Kids Definition of common sense

: ordinary good sense and judgment

Other Words from common sense

commonsense \ˈkä-mən-ˈsens \ adjective a commonsense approach

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