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 for common sense
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Common \Com"mon\, a. [Compar. Commoner; superl. Commonest.]
     [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis;
     com- + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make
     fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E.
     mean low, common. Cf. Immunity, Commune, n. & v.]
     1. Belonging or relating equally, or similarly, to more than
        one; as, you and I have a common interest in the property.
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              Though life and sense be common to men and brutes.
                                                    --Sir M. Hale.
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     2. Belonging to or shared by, affecting or serving, all the
        members of a class, considered together; general; public;
        as, properties common to all plants; the common schools;
        the Book of Common Prayer.
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              Such actions as the common good requireth. --Hooker.
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              The common enemy of man.              --Shak.
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     3. Often met with; usual; frequent; customary.
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              Grief more than common grief.         --Shak.
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     4. Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary;
        plebeian; -- often in a depreciatory sense.
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              The honest, heart-felt enjoyment of common life.
                                                    --W. Irving.
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              This fact was infamous
              And ill beseeming any common man,
              Much more a knight, a captain and a leader. --Shak.
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              Above the vulgar flight of common souls. --A.
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     5. Profane; polluted. [Obs.]
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              What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
                                                    --Acts x. 15.
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     6. Given to habits of lewdness; prostitute.
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              A dame who herself was common.        --L'Estrange.
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     Common bar (Law) Same as Blank bar, under Blank.
     Common barrator (Law), one who makes a business of
        instigating litigation.
     Common Bench, a name sometimes given to the English Court
        of Common Pleas.
     Common brawler (Law), one addicted to public brawling and
        quarreling. See Brawler.
     Common carrier (Law), one who undertakes the office of
        carrying (goods or persons) for hire. Such a carrier is
        bound to carry in all cases when he has accommodation, and
        when his fixed price is tendered, and he is liable for all
        losses and injuries to the goods, except those which
        happen in consequence of the act of God, or of the enemies
        of the country, or of the owner of the property himself.
     Common chord (Mus.), a chord consisting of the fundamental
        tone, with its third and fifth.
     Common council, the representative (legislative) body, or
        the lower branch of the representative body, of a city or
        other municipal corporation.
     Common crier, the crier of a town or city.
     Common divisor (Math.), a number or quantity that divides
        two or more numbers or quantities without a remainder; a
        common measure.
     Common gender (Gram.), the gender comprising words that may
        be of either the masculine or the feminine gender.
     Common law, a system of jurisprudence developing under the
        guidance of the courts so as to apply a consistent and
        reasonable rule to each litigated case. It may be
        superseded by statute, but unless superseded it controls.
     Note: It is by others defined as the unwritten law
           (especially of England), the law that receives its
           binding force from immemorial usage and universal
           reception, as ascertained and expressed in the
           judgments of the courts. This term is often used in
           contradistinction from statute law. Many use it to
           designate a law common to the whole country. It is also
           used to designate the whole body of English (or other)
           law, as distinguished from its subdivisions, local,
           civil, admiralty, equity, etc. See Law.
     Common lawyer, one versed in common law.
     Common lewdness (Law), the habitual performance of lewd
        acts in public.
     Common multiple (Arith.) See under Multiple.
     Common noun (Gram.), the name of any one of a class of
        objects, as distinguished from a proper noun (the name of
        a particular person or thing).
     Common nuisance (Law), that which is deleterious to the
        health or comfort or sense of decency of the community at
     Common pleas, one of the three superior courts of common
        law at Westminster, presided over by a chief justice and
        four puisne judges. Its jurisdiction is confined to civil
        matters. Courts bearing this title exist in several of the
        United States, having, however, in some cases, both civil
        and criminal jurisdiction extending over the whole State.
        In other States the jurisdiction of the common pleas is
        limited to a county, and it is sometimes called a county
        court. Its powers are generally defined by statute.
     Common prayer, the liturgy of the Church of England, or of
        the Protestant Episcopal church of the United States,
        which all its clergy are enjoined to use. It is contained
        in the Book of Common Prayer.
     Common school, a school maintained at the public expense,
        and open to all.
     Common scold (Law), a woman addicted to scolding
        indiscriminately, in public.
     Common seal, a seal adopted and used by a corporation.
     Common sense.
        (a) A supposed sense which was held to be the common bond
            of all the others. [Obs.] --Trench.
        (b) Sound judgment. See under Sense.
     Common time (Mus.), that variety of time in which the
        measure consists of two or of four equal portions.
     In common, equally with another, or with others; owned,
        shared, or used, in community with others; affecting or
        affected equally.
     Out of the common, uncommon; extraordinary.
     Tenant in common, one holding real or personal property in
        common with others, having distinct but undivided
        interests. See Joint tenant, under Joint.
     To make common cause with, to join or ally one's self with.
     Syn: General; public; popular; national; universal; frequent;
          ordinary; customary; usual; familiar; habitual; vulgar;
          mean; trite; stale; threadbare; commonplace. See
          Mutual, Ordinary, General.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Common sense \Com"mon sense"\
     See Common sense, under Sense.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sense \Sense\, n. [L. sensus, from sentire, sensum, to perceive,
     to feel, from the same root as E. send; cf. OHG. sin sense,
     mind, sinnan to go, to journey, G. sinnen to meditate, to
     think: cf. F. sens. For the change of meaning cf. See, v.
     t. See Send, and cf. Assent, Consent, Scent, v. t.,
     Sentence, Sentient.]
     1. (Physiol.) A faculty, possessed by animals, of perceiving
        external objects by means of impressions made upon certain
        organs (sensory or sense organs) of the body, or of
        perceiving changes in the condition of the body; as, the
        senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. See
        Muscular sense, under Muscular, and Temperature
        sense, under Temperature.
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              Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep. --Shak.
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              What surmounts the reach
              Of human sense I shall delineate.     --Milton.
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              The traitor Sense recalls
              The soaring soul from rest.           --Keble.
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     2. Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation;
        sensibility; feeling.
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              In a living creature, though never so great, the
              sense and the affects of any one part of the body
              instantly make a transcursion through the whole.
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     3. Perception through the intellect; apprehension;
        recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation.
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              This Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover.
                                                    --Sir P.
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              High disdain from sense of injured merit. --Milton.
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     4. Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good
        mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound,
        true, or reasonable; rational meaning. "He speaks sense."
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              He raves; his words are loose
              As heaps of sand, and scattering wide from sense.
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     5. That which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or
        opinion; judgment; notion; opinion.
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              I speak my private but impartial sense
              With freedom.                         --Roscommon.
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              The municipal council of the city had ceased to
              speak the sense of the citizens.      --Macaulay.
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     6. Meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of
        words or phrases; the sense of a remark.
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              So they read in the book in the law of God
              distinctly, and gave the sense.       --Neh. viii.
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              I think 't was in another sense.      --Shak.
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     7. Moral perception or appreciation.
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              Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no
              sense of the most friendly offices.   --L' Estrange.
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     8. (Geom.) One of two opposite directions in which a line,
        surface, or volume, may be supposed to be described by the
        motion of a point, line, or surface.
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     Common sense, according to Sir W. Hamilton:
        (a) "The complement of those cognitions or convictions
            which we receive from nature, which all men possess in
            common, and by which they test the truth of knowledge
            and the morality of actions."
        (b) "The faculty of first principles." These two are the
            philosophical significations.
        (c) "Such ordinary complement of intelligence, that,if a
            person be deficient therein, he is accounted mad or
        (d) 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
     Moral sense. See under Moral,
        (a) .
     The inner sense, or The internal sense, capacity of the
        mind to be aware of its own states; consciousness;
        reflection. "This source of ideas every man has wholly in
        himself, and though it be not sense, as having nothing to
        do with external objects, yet it is very like it, and
        might properly enough be called internal sense." --Locke.
     Sense capsule (Anat.), one of the cartilaginous or bony
        cavities which inclose, more or less completely, the
        organs of smell, sight, and hearing.
     Sense organ (Physiol.), a specially irritable mechanism by
        which some one natural force or form of energy is enabled
        to excite sensory nerves; as the eye, ear, an end bulb or
        tactile corpuscle, etc.
     Sense organule (Anat.), one of the modified epithelial
        cells in or near which the fibers of the sensory nerves
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     Syn: Understanding; reason.
     Usage: Sense, Understanding, Reason. Some philosophers
            have given a technical signification to these terms,
            which may here be stated. Sense is the mind's acting
            in the direct cognition either of material objects or
            of its own mental states. In the first case it is
            called the outer, in the second the inner, sense.
            Understanding is the logical faculty, i. e., the power
            of apprehending under general conceptions, or the
            power of classifying, arranging, and making
            deductions. Reason is the power of apprehending those
            first or fundamental truths or principles which are
            the conditions of all real and scientific knowledge,
            and which control the mind in all its processes of
            investigation and deduction. These distinctions are
            given, not as established, but simply because they
            often occur in writers of the present day.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  common sense
      n 1: sound practical judgment; "Common sense is not so common";
           "he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples";
           "fortunately she had the good sense to run away" [syn:
           common sense, good sense, gumption, horse sense,
           sense, mother wit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "common sense":
     admissibility, balance, cool head, coolheadedness, coolness,
     due sense of, good sense, gumption, horse sense, judgment,
     justifiability, justness, level head, levelheadedness, logic,
     logicality, logicalness, plain sense, plausibility, practical mind,
     practical wisdom, practicality, rationality, reason, reasonability,
     reasonableness, saneness, sanity, sense, sensibleness,
     sober-mindedness, soberness, sobriety, sound sense, soundness,
     sweet reason, wisdom

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COMMON SENSE, med. jur. When a person possesses those perceptions, 
  associations and judgments, in relation to persons and things, which agree 
  with those of the generality of mankind, he is said to possess common sense. 
  On the contrary, when a particular individual differs from the generality of 
  persons in these respects, he is said not to have common sense, or not to be 
  in his senses. 1 Chit. Med. Jur. 334. 

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