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common sense

Sound judgment not based on specialized knowledge.

[Translation of Latin sēnsus commūnis, common feelings of humanity.]

com′mon-sense′ (kŏm′ən-sĕns′), com′mon·sen′si·cal (-sĕn′sĭ-kəl) adj.
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[ˈkɒmənˌsɛns] adjsensato/a
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AN Orator afflicted with atrophy of the organ of common-sense rose in his place in the halls of legislation and pointed with pride to his Unblotted Escutcheon.
And there are other truths in the two latter sciences which, if they cannot pretend to rank in the class of axioms, are yet such direct inferences from them, and so obvious in themselves, and so agreeable to the natural and unsophisticated dictates of common-sense, that they challenge the assent of a sound and unbiased mind, with a degree of force and conviction almost equally irresistible.
The INFINITE DIVISIBILITY of matter, or, in other words, the INFINITE divisibility of a FINITE thing, extending even to the minutest atom, is a point agreed among geometricians, though not less incomprehensible to common-sense than any of those mysteries in religion, against which the batteries of infidelity have been so industriously leveled.
I'm afraid," I said, "it would hardly translate into anything approaching common-sense.
I put it to your own common-sense (we will say a week for the notice to quit)--why not treat me like a friend?
Particular among these critics were many of the forty-odd philosophers, moralists, and rhetoricians who roughly constituted the eighteenth-century portion of the group known as the "Scottish Common-Sense School.
9) Walter Jackson Bate, among the most influential of the formulators of a canonical Romanticism, asserts the importance of the legacy of the Scottish Common-Sense School for the Romantic critics, in particular, Coleridge and Hazlitt.
Alas, it was just too much common-sense for the pro-choice brigade.
00), for example, appears in an updated edition to add three new chapters to its common-sense approach to using the web.
The common-sense response to these facts would be that school districts, like governments and individuals, should not spend more than they take in.
Percentage of people who claim that exchanging common-sense information with others makes them smarter, according to a survey on common sense and sharing commissioned by SCOTT Tissue and Towels: 80
This book contains a great deal of common-sense information for supervisors of law enforcement personnel.