common sense


Definition of common sense

: sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts So far, I've had the common sense not to tweet anything ghastly.— James Poniewozik The poker players learns that sometimes both science and common sense are wrong. There is such a thing as absolute premonition of cards, a rock bottom surety of what will happen next.— David Mamet With tsunamis, it may seem only common sense to Earth scientists to run away from (and not toward) the water when the sea is drawn rapidly down and away from the beach as a tsunami approaches. But that response is counterintuitive for most people.— Thomas C. Pierson

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Other Words from common sense

commonsense \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsen(t)s How to pronounce common sense (audio) \ adjective
commonsensible \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsen(t)-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce common sense (audio) \ adjective
commonsensical \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsen(t)-​si-​kəl How to pronounce common sense (audio) \ adjective
commonsensically \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsen(t)-​si-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce common sense (audio) \ adverb

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sense, common sense, judgment, wisdom 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 common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge. common sense tells me it's wrong judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity. they relied on her judgment for guidance wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average. a leader of rare wisdom

Examples of common sense in a Sentence

You really should go to see a doctor if your leg hurts that much. It's just common sense! Obey the laws and use common sense when operating your boat. She's very smart but she doesn't have a lot of common sense.
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Recent Examples on the Web Having been expected to blindly trust the public-health establishment, even when much of their expert advice seems to go against common sense and actual data, we are also asked to place our trust in the climatologists. Aron Ravin, National Review, 17 Aug. 2021 Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, dismissed the lab leak idea as a rumor that runs counter to common sense and science. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Caution, common sense and chaperones can mean the difference between a memorable vacation and a vacation one would rather not remember. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 28 June 2021 On Thursday, Williams led off a 3½-hour special session of City Council with a characteristic mix of folksiness, common sense and hard truths. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 24 June 2021 The wisdom to weigh that history and know what things represent wisdom, common sense and the good for all humankind. Ryce Stoughtenborough, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 June 2021 Respect, common sense and consideration go a long long way. cleveland, 15 May 2021 But then, anything involving common sense and firearms seems to be beyond the reach of a government too beholden to Second Amendment hard-liners. Scott Martelle, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 My approach is one of common sense and personal responsibility. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'common sense.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of common sense

1726, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of common sense

: the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions

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Kids Definition of common sense

: ordinary good sense and judgment

Other Words from common sense

commonsense \ ˈkä-​mən-​ˈsens \ adjective a commonsense approach

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