Meaning of “common sense” in the English Dictionary

"common sense" in British English

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common sensenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌkɒm.ən ˈsens/ us /ˌkɑː.mən ˈsens/

B1 the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way:

Windsurfing is perfectly safe as long as you have/use some common sense.

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  • Anyone with any common sense would have known what to do.
  • Common sense and creativity are the essential qualities we need in an employee.
  • I am sure that common sense will prevail in the end.
  • There is no doubt that the court's decision is a victory for common sense.
  • You get out first, and then lift the boxes out. Honestly - use your common sense!
commonsensical
adjective uk /ˌkɒm.ənˈsen.sɪ.kəl/ us /ˌkɑː.mən-/

He described the report as "rigorous and commonsensical".

(Definition of “common sense” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"common sense" in American English

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common sensenoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑm·ən ˈsens/

the ability to use good judgment in making decisions and to live in a reasonable and safe way

(Definition of “common sense” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)