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 How to pronounce commonsense (audio) \ adjective
commonsensible \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsen(t)-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce commonsensible (audio) \ adjective
commonsensical \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsen(t)-​si-​kəl How to pronounce commonsensical (audio) \ adjective
commonsensically \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsen(t)-​si-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce commonsensically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for common sense


discreetness, discretion, gumption [chiefly dialect], horse sense, levelheadedness, nous [chiefly British], 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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So, at least there was some common sense on all sides that horses need to be able exercise on a daily basis. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Latest on the Santa Anita horse fatality crisis," 10 June 2019 More than 40 years of research prove the accuracy of eyewitness identification is not based on common sense, in part because of the way people perceive traumatic events, the Innocence Project statement says. Emily Lane,, "Governor Edwards signs law allowing expert testimony on problems with eyewitness IDs," 5 June 2019 Days after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook, the senator wrote an op-ed called for congressional action, denouncing politician’s avoidance of common sense gun laws. Teen Vogue, "Why Kristen Gillibrand Changed Her Position on Guns," 21 May 2019 Each punch line hinged on Bild Lilli’s hotness, her horniness, or her lack of common sense. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019 All of their pieces are pressure fit, meaning that there's absolutely nothing needed for assembly—just your hands and a bit of common sense. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Furniture Takes 30 Seconds to Assemble, and You Don't Need Any Tools to Build It," 12 Mar. 2019 Rich Negrin, board member of CeasefirePA and an advocate for common sense gun reform, has told the Philadelphia Citizen how his life was changed by gun violence in a moving essay. Aubrey Nagle,, "Starbucks protests continue, Temple suspends frat, Flyers end playoff run | Morning Newsletter," 23 Apr. 2018 In her speech to the crowd, provided to, 16-year-old sophomore Chloe Duren encouraged attendees to vote out politicians who refuse to support common sense gun law reform. Trisha Powell Crain,, "Alabama's March for Our Lives 2018: Here's what the marches looked like," 26 Mar. 2018 The overwhelming majority of NRA members support common sense gun reform issues. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Issa Trap: How Killer Mike Became the NRA's Token Negro," 26 Mar. 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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