Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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:
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
The comments were a succinct, forward looking analysis of what comes next in the next phase of the economic cycle wherein he delineates three "transitions" the global economy must make": Growth that is "less debt-|driven" | A pivot to a "more normal |monetary policy" Creation of a "more reliable |financial system" The first and third transitions are both aspirational and commonsensical.
Perhaps before reaching for their drafting pen, the authorities could check to see if there were not simpler commonsensical solution to the problem.
Anyway, the point is that there is nothing 'natural' or commonsensical about this way of thinking, that it is all arbitrary.
It was not easy to lend an ear to commonsensical observations in the chaotic atmosphere of the early days of the protests.
As I've written before, the revised act contains, in Sections 106 through 117, the most comprehensive and, in my view, the most commonsensical fiduciary rules of any U.
Anticipating the future, it would therefore be commonsensical for many depositors -- the kind with other options -- to sidestep similar levies both there and in other fiscally challenged euro-zone countries.