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common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense, sense, mother witnoun
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.
Etymology: After sensus communis, κοινὴ αἴσθησις.
Common Sense is a 47-page pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–1776 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies. Writing in clear and persuasive prose, Paine collected various moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history. As of 2006, it remains the all-time best-selling American title and is still in print today.Common Sense made public a persuasive and impassioned case for independence, which had not yet been given serious intellectual consideration. Paine connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity and structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon. Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as "the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era."The text was translated into French by Antoine Gilbert Griffet de Labaume in 1790.
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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
Examples of common sense in a Sentence
One pound of learning requires ten pounds of common sense to apply it.
Our federal government has long overstepped the boundaries of common sense, fiscal prudence and compassion with its marijuana laws. These laws must change, otherwise law-abiding Americans -- bankers, business people, veterans and families-- are fearful of unnecessary, expensive, life-disrupting investigations and prosecutions.
She has some common sense. I’m not saying she’s mistake-free. Who is? I mean, she’s a human being, so, please, if you want to talk about how much her mistakes have cost us, none in human lives — and please don’t mention Benghazi. He added, That’s a lot of crap. She was not controlling that situation. It was a military situation. And that’s run by the Pentagon or the CIA or both. She’s under orders.
If their plans go into effect, Covid will linger longer and the chance of new variants and new more dangerous variants occurring increases, it is anti-science, anti-common sense, it makes no sense.
This entire situation started when he refused to use common sense and cancel the cross-border vaccine mandate for the truckers, instead, he continued to wedge, divide, and stigmatize Canadians.
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- senyCatalan, Valencian
- zdravý rozum, selský rozumCzech
- gesunder MenschenverstandGerman
- κοινός νους, κοινή λογικήGreek
- sentido comúnSpanish
- terve mõistusEstonian
- maalaisjärki, arkijärki, järkiFinnish
- sens commun, bon sensFrench
- שכל הישר, היגיון פשוטHebrew
- józan észHungarian
- almenn skynsemiIcelandic
- buonsenso, buon sensoItalian
- שכל ישרHebrew
- sunn fornuftNorwegian
- gezond verstandDutch
- sunn fornuftNorwegian Nynorsk
- zdrowy rozsądekPolish
- senso comum, bom sensoPortuguese
- здравый смыслRussian
- zdrava pametSlovene
- sunt förnuftSwedish
- שׂכל, פּראָסט זינעןYiddish
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