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Definition of "common sense" [com•mon sense]

  • Sound judgment not based on specialized knowledge; native good judgment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "common sense" in a sentence
  • "GRUNERT: Then it appears that the organization seemed to be faulty, and its instruction faulty, and there seemed to be a lack of organization and common sense and reason on this."
  • "The blame is not all on the oil companies ..... they carry the brunt of it out of greed and total disregard for the environment they work in over cutting corners and profit-minded idiots who overlook common sense approaches to anticipate things like this happening and just overlooking it to save money."
  • "Like so many of the early nineteenth-century reformers on whom we look back as the Utopian Socialists, Robert Owen, the “benevolent Mr. Owen of New Lanark,” was a strange mixture of practicality and naïveté, achievement and fiasco, common sense and lunacy."