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mother wit

n.
Innate intelligence or common sense.
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mother wit

n
native practical intelligence; common sense
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moth′er wit′


n.
natural or practical intelligence, wit, or sense.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mother wit - sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common"; "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples"; "fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
sagaciousness, sagacity, discernment, judgement, judgment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
logic - reasoned and reasonable judgment; "it made a certain kind of logic"
nous - common sense; "she has great social nous"
road sense - good judgment in avoiding trouble or accidents on the road
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References in classic literature ?
Among several persons collected about the doorsteps, the most remarkable was a sturdy mountaineer, of six feet two and corresponding bulk, with a heavy set of features, such as might be moulded on his own blacksmith's anvil, but yet indicative of mother wit and rough humor.
And yet the riddle was not to be solved By guess-work but required the prophet's art; Wherein thou wast found lacking; neither birds Nor sign from heaven helped thee, but I came, The simple Oedipus; I stopped her mouth By mother wit, untaught of auguries.
ISMENE Yea, so it falls, sire, when misfortune comes, The wisest even lose their mother wit.
'When you have to live by your mother wit, old boy, I hope you may get on better than I do.'
The Mann-made courses were routinely oversubscribed by students as the professor's reputation for clarity, mother wit, and graciousness spread throughout the campus.
However, even Kant, in a state of manifest perplexity, is found looking for leads from "mother wit," so the account given by Montemayor and Haladjian calls for a patient and fair appraisal.
On Sunday, the Alaska Airlines Stage lineup includes acoustic finger-style guitarist Will Brown, singer-songwriter Rick Leighton, Eddy Delbridge, folk from Mother Wit (formerly Aroura) and Theo Czuk with Theo's Trio.
There is, too, Henry Gowan, whose bon disant cynicism is symptomatic of the landed, leisured class on their free-fall from nobility to gentility: as he admits to Sparkler, he has to live by his "mother wit" ([1857] 1985, 561).
There is, too, Henry Gowan, whose bon disant cynicism is symptomatic of the landed, leisured class fallen on hard times and who admits to Sparkler that he has to live by his "mother wit" (561).
Anne lets her stay and pooh-poohs the offer to work gratis, yet, as film critic James Agee wrote, Fidelia still "hustles back to the Hiltons to get in her day's measure of malapropisms, comic relief, mother wit, and free labor."
Mother wit" or "mammy wit" is what the old folks used to call that intrinsic wisdom God gave women, guiding even the unschooled in caring for and protecting their families.
The authors also promote 'mother wit' or common sense as being essential in the classroom and in helping students learn perspective.