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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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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."
Now I put it to your own common-sense. Can a person in my position be expected to expose herself to--Taint?
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?
We need a return to the common-sense values that have built Texas, that have built San Antonio."
As I listened to both sides, I had some common-sense question that did not seem to be answered.
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." (144) In the Common Sense School, Bate locates the "distinctively British yoking of empiricism and intuitionalism, so frequently present in the whole of British philosophy" (151-52) or "[t]he peculiarly British conception that intuition is directed to the concrete, and attains insight by means of the empirically known," which passes directly into Romantic thought.
It is time to teach our medical students and physicians to practice customized and common-sense care.
The deliciously subversive but common-sense lessons in this book prod us to trust our own observations, challenge conventional wisdom, and protest with verve and imagination--and to remember to feed the people you're organizing.