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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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Adj.1.commonsensical - exhibiting native good judgment; "arrive home at a reasonable hour"; "commonsense scholarship on the foibles of a genius"; "unlearned and commonsensical countryfolk were capable of solving problems that beset the more sophisticated"
reasonable, sensible - showing reason or sound judgment; "a sensible choice"; "a sensible person"


Possessing, proceeding from, or exhibiting good judgment and prudence:
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Summary: If we pause for a moment and analyse all the venomous criticism heaped on Grihalakshmi magazine, it's commonsensical to realise how flimsy they are.
At the outset, we strongly clamor for the immediate scrapping of the CPD Law for a number of commonsensical reasons which reflect the expert opinion of most professionals, especially teachers," the groups said.
Moreover, I am inspired by those jurors who have not had the financial opportunity to attend higher educational institutions, but whose life experience has been rich, varied, commonsensical, direct and practical.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) should start amending its rules on the shipment of balikbayan boxes 'with some commonsensical changes' to its regulations to prevent red tape, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said on Wednesday.
Rarely is an issue as commonsensical or broadly supported as this one," said SEC Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar in a statement.
A common sense perspective is only capable of seeing concepts as unalterable, while a critical perspective (understood as an opposite of the commonsensical perspective) reveals its changeability.
that is deceptively commonsensical and would result in positive responses.
It's a commonsensical dream marriage of compatibility, just like peanut butter & jelly
While much of what Haddick proposes seems commonsensical, it is unfinished, and this poses risks.
A number of states have passed what pro-lifers believe are commonsensical requirements.
Many of the rebels' grievances revolved around commonsensical demands to recognize the country's pluralistic nature and respect the right of indigenous communities to govern their own affairs.
Such a recovery is, he writes, necessary to counter a contemporary scientific naturalism that has become so commonsensical as to make religion appear nonsensical and irrelevant.