American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Innate intelligence or common sense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Native wit; common sense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. natural or native wit or intelligence.
- n. sound practical judgment
“Unfortunately, anything useful to two bushwhacked adventurers was something of use to embattled fleeing refugees as well, and she didn't really have the time to turn the lumber rooms inside out, or the mother wit to recognize something clandestinely useful when she saw it.”
“She only hoped that the next bright laddie who came along needing a good blade would appreciate what she was leaving for him, and would have the mother wit to be able to winkle it out of the rock.”
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but now they're not because I looked them up. In cases of polysemy or homography, *of course* it was the oddest meaning that stumped me. ;)
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