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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For most of the previous three months, the conventional wisdom suggested the Orioles would be bringing a weak hand to the table. David Murphy,, "Second thoughts about the Phillies and Manny Machado | David Murphy," 11 July 2018 This week was all about exploding that conventional wisdom. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Unconventional Wisdom," 1 July 2018 The Red Sox free agent addition has defied the conventional wisdom of Boston’s in-house stats gurus by hitting right out of the gate. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Inside J.D. Martinez's Essential Role With the Red Sox and the Best of Mike Trout," 25 June 2018 Bassey, meanwhile, just signed with a Nike program at WKU, which tends to go against the conventional wisdom of basketball recruiting. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Five reasons that top recruit Charles Bassey chose WKU basketball," 14 June 2018 The peaceful nature of Madison's efforts went against the conventional wisdom of the time, which held that only military force could eventually produce meaningful trade concessions. Noah Feldman, Anchorage Daily News, "James Madison would like a few words on trade wars," 7 Mar. 2018 Scott came out swinging against the three-term incumbent, Sen. Bill Nelson, 75, and the conventional wisdom that this is not a Republican year. James Call, USA TODAY, "Florida Gov. Rick Scott to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson in run for U.S. Senate," 9 Apr. 2018 Disciplined centrism, said the conventional wisdom, is how Democrats will go about Dr. King's task of bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice. Jay Willis, GQ, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won Not Because Her Ideas Are Radical, But Because They're Good," 27 June 2018 But the conventional wisdom about busyness is wrong. Bradley R. Staats, WSJ, "Don’t Just Dive Into Action: Stop to Think First," 6 July 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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