conventional wisdom

noun

Definition of conventional wisdom

: the generally accepted belief, opinion, judgment, or prediction about a particular matter

Examples of conventional wisdom in a Sentence

Conventional wisdom in Hollywood says that a movie can't succeed unless it stars a famous actor or actress.
Recent Examples on the Web The conventional wisdom in progressive circles is that economic populism is about race, not economics. Joan C. Williams, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2022 The conventional wisdom is that this unlikely airline combination could disappoint JetBlue's customers and damage its brand. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 The conventional wisdom is that Wilco got dropped for making an experimental album and not bending to the whims of the commercial marketplace. Zach Schonfeld, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2022 This isn’t conventional wisdom among cosmologists, but Escamilla-Rivera’s path to becoming a cosmologist hasn’t been conventional either. Quanta Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 But the conventional wisdom among communication experts had been shifting in favor of letting users of the devices demonstrate their own capabilities by giving them as many words to play with as possible. BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2021 But the conventional wisdom among communication experts had been shifting in favor of letting users of the devices demonstrate their own capabilities by giving them as many words to play with as possible. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Held outside the regular schedule, usually in response to a death or other unexpected event, and plagued by low turnout, the outcomes can defy both conventional wisdom and underlying conditions. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 The premise — Black people in a predominantly White institution who are pushing back against conventional wisdom about a legendary work — seems familiar. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conventional wisdom

1838, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Conventional wisdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conventional%20wisdom. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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