conventional wisdom

noun
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of conventional wisdom

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

Examples of conventional wisdom in a Sentence

  1. Conventional wisdom in Hollywood says that a movie can't succeed unless it stars a famous actor or actress.

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First Known Use of conventional wisdom

1838


CONVENTIONAL WISDOM Defined for English Language Learners

conventional wisdom

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Definition of conventional wisdom for English Language Learners

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


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