conventional wisdom


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.

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Nintendo and Sony's stock market performance shows just how much the conventional wisdom around the two companies has shifted of late. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Before crucial holiday season, Nintendo struggles as Sony shines," 30 Oct. 2018 This idea that Twitter is really valuable, has a lot of news, but is also a cesspool and a home for Nazis and other malcontents, that seems like that’s a relatively recent sort of conventional wisdom about Twitter. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard explains why live venues are leaving money on the table," 11 Oct. 2018 But much of the conventional wisdom is not based on evidence, and some is flat-out wrong. John Gottman, Anchorage Daily News, "Five myths about marriage," 16 June 2018 But much of the conventional wisdom is not based on evidence, and some is flat-out wrong. John Gottman And Christopher Dollard,, "Five myths about marriage," 14 June 2018 My next guest has sparked a national debate on the conventional wisdom about African-Americans and politics. Fox News, "Candace Owens on challenging liberal orthodoxy," 26 Apr. 2018 The conventional wisdom is that Bush 41 was the wiser leader for not having gone to Baghdad. WSJ, "George Herbert Walker Bush," 1 Dec. 2018 The conventional wisdom was that Tester was one of the safest of the deep red state Senate Democrats on the ballot (though some believed the race was tightening in the closing weeks). Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Jon Tester reelected to US Senate, holding on to Montana seat for Democrats," 7 Nov. 2018 Be open to change within your organizations and constantly rethink conventional wisdom. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018

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1838, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of conventional wisdom

: opinions or beliefs that are held or accepted by most people

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