Definitions for common sense

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com′mon sense′(n.)

  1. sound practical judgment independent of specialized knowledge or training; normal native intelligence.

Origin of common sense:

1525–35; trans. of L sēnsus commūnis



Princeton's WordNet

  1. common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, sense, mother wit(noun)

    sound practical judgment

    "Common sense is not so common"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. common sense(noun)ˈkɒm ən

    the ability to make good basic decisions; = good judgment

    It's just common sense to pay more for better work.; a common sense approach to the issue


  1. common sense(Noun)

    An internal sense, formerly believed to be the sense by which information from the other five senses is understood and interpreted.

  2. common sense(Noun)

    Ordinary sensible understanding; one's basic intelligence which allows for plain understanding and without which good decisions or judgments cannot be made.

  3. Origin: After sensus communis, κοινὴ αἴσθησις.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Common sense

    see Common sense, under Sense


  1. Common sense

    Common sense is defined by Merriam-Webster as, "sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts." Thus, "common sense" equates to the knowledge and experience which most people already have, or which the person using the term believes that they do or should have. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as, "the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way". Whichever definition is used, identifying particular items of knowledge as "common sense" is difficult. Philosophers may choose to avoid using the phrase when using precise language. But common sense remains a perennial topic in epistemology and many philosophers make wide use of the concept or at least refer to it. Some related concepts include intuitions, pre-theoretic belief, ordinary language, the frame problem, foundational beliefs, good sense, endoxa, axioms, wisdom, folk wisdom, folklore, and public opinion. Common-sense ideas tend to relate to events within human experience, and thus appear commensurate with human scale. Humans lack any common-sense intuition of, for example, the behavior of the universe at subatomic distances [see Quantum mechanics], or of speeds approaching that of light [see Special relativity]. Often ideas that may be considered to be true by common sense are in fact false.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

common sense

practical good sense

If he has any common sense he'll change jobs.

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