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conventional wisdom Line breaks: con|ven|tion¦al wis¦dom

Definition of conventional wisdom in English:


[mass noun]
A generally accepted theory or belief: conventional wisdom has it that a book should never be judged by its cover many of your findings challenge conventional wisdom about entrepreneurial success
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  • Conventional wisdom has it that the path to pop fame is instant and easy.
  • They cling to conventional wisdom as if their lives depended on it.
  • At the time there were no magazines that focused on people who started companies, and the conventional wisdom held that there was no market for such publications.

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