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"
An internal sense, formerly believed to be the sense by which information from the other five senses is understood and interpreted.
Ordinary sensible understanding; one's basic intelligence which allows for plain understanding and without which good decisions or judgments cannot be made.
Origin: After sensus communis, κοινὴ αἴσθησις.
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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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The numerical value of common sense in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of common sense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We need less Common Core and more common sense.
Common sense and sense of humor are the same thing moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for any public office.
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
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- senyCatalan, Valencian
- zdravý rozum, selský rozumCzech
- gesunder MenschenverstandGerman
- κοινή λογική, κοινός νουςGreek
- sentido comúnSpanish
- terve mõistusEstonian
- järki, maalaisjärki, arkijärkiFinnish
- sens commun, bon sensFrench
- היגיון פשוט, שכל הישרHebrew
- józan észHungarian
- almenn skynsemiIcelandic
- שכל ישרHebrew
- sunn fornuftNorwegian
- gezond verstandDutch
- sunn fornuftNorwegian Nynorsk
- zdrowy rozsądekPolish
- bom senso, senso comumPortuguese
- здравый смыслRussian
- zdrava pametSlovene
- sunt förnuftSwedish
- שׂכל, פּראָסט זינעןYiddish
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