common sense

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

commonsense

play \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)s\ adjective

commonsensible

play \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl\ adjective

commonsensical

play \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)-si-kəl\ adjective

commonsensically

play \ˈkä-mən-ˈsen(t)-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of common sense in a Sentence

  1. You really should go to see a doctor if your leg hurts that much. It's just common sense!

  2. Obey the laws and use common sense when operating your boat.

  3. She's very smart but she doesn't have a lot of common sense.

Recent Examples of common sense from the Web

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First Known Use of common sense

1726

Synonym Discussion of common sense

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

COMMON SENSE Defined for English Language Learners

common sense

noun

Definition of common sense for English Language Learners

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


COMMON SENSE Defined for Kids

common sense

noun

Definition of common sense for Students

: ordinary good sense and judgment

commonsense

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


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