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

  • n. A foundation for mutual understanding: "The leaders failed to find common ground on the defensive side of this possible bargain” ( McGeorge Bundy).

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  • n. A characteristic or interest shared by multiple people or systems; any belief, etc. held in common.

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  • n. a basis agreed to by all parties for reaching a mutual understanding

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Examples

  • Although, now that we've found the Hidden Ones, we've got to get them and the Zenobians talking-figure out what their interests are, what common ground there might be.

    Phule me twice

  • Bismarck had now realized that ideal, and in this fact was found the common ground between the National Liberals and the new master of German politics.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • A man had died mysteriously and nine of his countrymen had met together on the common ground of their patrial birth to decide how such a calamity had befallen him.

    The Fashion in Shrouds

  • Unlike old Babs, who is well over one hundred years of age now, at least I knew what a blow job was, and had some common ground with Miss Lewinsky on that topic, as well as on being a fat, Jewish girl who knows how to rock a beret.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Perhaps there is some common ground that frees the Sword Marches.

    The Brothers' War

  • Creative capitalism starts from a fundamentally different premiseworking with the incentives faced by business to find common ground between their interests and those of the poor.

    Creative Capitalism

  • The young men had a common ground to meet on, and they quickly became as intimate as ever Frederick Mostyn permitted himself to be with a stranger.

    The Man Between: An International Romance

  • One area where we found common ground with France was insisting that the UN Secretariat provide the Council with several options for accomplishing the UN takeover of peacekeeping operations in Darfur, something Annan and DPKO resisted, but de La Sablière and I finally pushed through.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • For St. Thomas primordial matter is the common ground of substantial change, the element of indetermination in corporeal beings.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • In spite of the many signals that there was little common ground beyond a common wish for peace, this “Eurotour,” which also took the negotiating teams to Spain, France, Switzerland, and Italy, was probably the high point of the process.

    A Billion Lives

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