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sense

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 an indefinite physical response to a stimulus
  • a strange sense of discomfort brought on by the room's strong colors

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4 the idea that is conveyed or intended to be conveyed to the mind by language, symbol, or action
  • got the general sense of the poem

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5 the thought processes that have been established as leading to valid solutions to problems
  • your argument simply shows no sense

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sense

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of sense (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to have a vague awareness of
  • the deer seemed to sense danger

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2 to have a clear idea of
  • I did not sense the full meaning of his cryptic warning until much later

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How does the noun sense contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of sense are common sense, judgment, and wisdom. While all these words mean "ability to reach intelligent conclusions," sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence.

a choice showing good sense

Where would common sense be a reasonable alternative to sense?

The words common sense and sense can be used in similar contexts, but common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge.

common sense tells me it's wrong

When would judgment be a good substitute for sense?

Although the words judgment and sense have much in common, judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity.

they relied on her judgment for guidance

In what contexts can wisdom take the place of sense?

In some situations, the words wisdom and sense are roughly equivalent. However, wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average.

a leader of rare wisdom

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The first known use of sense was in the 14th century

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“Sense.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sense. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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