Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sound judgment not based on specialized knowledge; native good judgment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An internal sense, formerly believed to be the sense by which information from the other five senses is understood and interpreted.
  • n. Ordinary sensible understanding; one's basic intelligence which allows for plain understanding and without which good decisions or judgments cannot be made.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See Common sense, under sense.
  • adj. Sound judgment. See under Sense.
  • n. When the substantive is emphasized: “Native practical intelligence, natural prudence, mother wit, tact in behavior, acuteness in the observation of character, in contrast to habits of acquired learning or of speculation.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by common or good sense: as, he took a common-sense view of the question. See common sense, under common, a.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exhibiting native good judgment
  • n. sound practical judgment

Etymologies

Translation of Latin sēnsus commūnis, common feelings of humanity.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After Latin sensus communis, Ancient Greek κοινὴ αἴσθησις. (Wiktionary)

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  • "Common sense isn't." -- Carol Schaffer

    September 25, 2008

  • Sometimes not that common :-(

    September 1, 2008