Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


And can we expect the Father of us all to act in other than common-sense ways?

He must be kind with a common-sense kindness, loving with a common-sense love.

This was followed by a common-sense view of the whole situation.

Now, what in the name of common-sense did you buy that lamp for which you have just hung?

The question is the usual plain, straightforward, common-sense question.

It's the finest smack given to justice and common-sense that I know of.

There comes a time when common-sense is a drug in the market.

Common-sense recoils at the extreme character of these results.

Already the barriers of custom and common-sense were raising their solid heads.

Nothing astonishes men so much as common-sense and plain dealing.


14c., originally the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses, thus "ordinary understanding, without which one is foolish or insane" (Latin sensus communis, Greek koine aisthesis); meaning "good sense" is from 1726. Also, as an adjective, commonsense.