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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Consistent with conventional wisdom and anecdotal evidence, McDonnell said the hardest ball for an outfielder to judge is the one hit directly at him. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Trey Leonard rebounds from error to be a hero as Louisville baseball beats Ilinois State," 3 June 2019 The divergence goes against conventional wisdom that investors should be richly compensated for taking outsize risk. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "Emerging Markets Endure a Lost Decade After Lehman," 14 Sep. 2018 For Moore, the experience reinforced a scouting emphasis on the importance of going against conventional wisdom. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Strange tale: How Jose Martinez went from the Royals to the middle of the Cardinals' lineup | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 More: The Unicorn Frappuccino is cool ... for now The decision goes against conventional wisdom which says offering products for a short time only will cause a spike in sales. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks plans to cut back on its craziest drinks," 27 Apr. 2018 As the day began, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the conventional wisdom appeared to hold. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018 The conventional wisdom sees decent growth this year. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Turkey’s trouble is only the tip of a spear aimed at the economy," 14 Aug. 2018 Both sides enjoyed the discomfiture of the foreign-policy establishment when Mr. Trump challenged conventional wisdom, and both praised his willingness to pursue a more unilateral course in foreign affairs. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Populist Schism Over Syria," 23 Dec. 2018 The conventional wisdom holds that social networks only function if as many people as possible are on them. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of conventional wisdom

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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