common ground


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common ground

n.
A foundation for mutual understanding: "The leaders failed to find common ground on the defensive side of this possible bargain" (McGeorge Bundy).

common ground

n
an agreed basis, accepted by both or all parties, for identifying issues in an argument

com′mon ground′


n.
a foundation of common interest or comprehension, as in a social relationship or a discussion.
[1925–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.common ground - a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding
basis, footing, ground - a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"
Translations

common ground

n (fig) → punto mpl d'incontro or d'intesa, terreno comune
References in classic literature ?
The only common ground of communication upon which dogs and men can get together is in fiction.
He was too well-bred a man not to match me on the common ground of courtesy.
On every piece of waste or common ground, some small gambler drove his noisy trade, and bellowed to the idle passersby to stop and try their chance; the crowd grew thicker and more noisy; gilt gingerbread in blanket-stalls exposed its glories to the dust; and often a four-horse carriage, dashing by, obscured all objects in the gritty cloud it raised, and left them, stunned and blinded, far behind.
I was queer company enough-- quite as queer as the company I received; but as I trace over what we went through I see how much common ground we must have found in the one idea that, by good fortune, COULD steady us.
Both, it is true, were characters proper to New England life, and possessing a common ground, therefore, in their more external developments; but as unlike, in their respective interiors, as if their native climes had been at world-wide distance.
If you meet a sectary or a hostile partisan, never recognize the dividing lines, but meet on what common ground remains,--if only that the sun shines and the rain rains for both; the area will widen very fast, and ere you know it, the boundary mountains on which the eye had fastened have melted into air.
She was content to leave the problem of Ralph's relations to the young men obscure, trusting that they would find some common ground of masculine agreement.
For this opinion has never been held, and never will be held, by any considerable number of persons; and those who are agreed and those who are not agreed upon this point have no common ground, and can only despise one another when they see how widely they differ.
Apparently the age of romance was not dead, and there was common ground upon which the wildest imaginings of the novelist could meet the actual scientific investigations of the searcher for truth.
In 2016, the ADR Institute published a study titled 'Converging Fisheries in the South China Sea,' which opened the eyes of many on the rising environmental concerns there, and which might be the only common ground among states, whether claimant or not.
So we'll look for ways to work with Pakistanis to find that common ground and move forward," said Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W.
We will give you more, but again it's a conversation that's about common ground," she added.