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the conventional/received wisdom

knowledge or information that people generally believe is true, although in fact it is often false The conventional wisdom is that marriage makes a relationship more secure, but as the divorce rates show, this is not necessarily true.
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conventional wisdom

A widely held belief on which most people act. For example, According to conventional wisdom, an incumbent nearly always wins more votes than a new candidate . This term was invented by John Kenneth Galbraith, who used it in The Affluent Society (1958) to describe economic ideas that are familiar, predictable, and therefore accepted by the general public. Today it is used in any context where public opinion has considerable influence on the course of events.
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It would seem that neither by mindless conventionalism nor by paralyzing inaction induced by abstract philosophical thinking could people help avoid evil.
First, these cases reveal Altemeyer's (1996) conventionalism, or support for traditional social values, and authoritarian aggression toward perceived outsiders or dissidents.
TABLE 6 Bonferroni Post Hoc Tests for the Five Underlying Factors Fair-Trade Fair-Trade Lovers Likers Conventionalism 3.
My theoretical framework is "ethical conventionalism," or the view that ethical values, standards and principles should be understood in terms of social conventions.
Among the contributing factors to the proliferation of translations, Ferme highlights the success of American cinema and music, a reigning conventionalism in Italian letters, economic advantages for publishers, and an opportunity for intellectuals to exercise "un limitato controllo ideologico sui testi che potevano influenzare il pubblico e, cosi facendo, di rivalutare la propria funzione di prestigio culturale" (44).
His conventionalism justifications bear equally on justifications for excluding as-applied challenges:
There is some undeniable truth to conventionalism, so he believes, but it is not entirely adequate as it stands.
Conventionalism is evident in such reverse-scored statements as "there is nothing wrong with premarital intercourse.
If we recapture this premodern meaning, "bourgeois" can be severed from the colloquial association with overbearing, middleclass conventionalism and its Marxian association with ruthless capitalism.
Sheldon acknowledged Homer's black genre works for their "total freedom from conventionalism and mannerism, in their strong look of life and in their sensitive feeling for character," (3) and the New York Times praised Homer as "one of the few artists who have the boldness and originality to make something of the Negro for artistic purposes.
Its weaknesses, however, are directly connected to the relative timidity and conventionalism of that same imagination.
The conventionalism of Roth's approach will thus disappoint those coming to the book looking for a searing critique of the international order.
82) Conventionalism is problematic in basing rights on the possibility of unjust conventions, like slavery or apartheid.
That is, it is a conventionalism, but a true one, that many articles in learned journals have very few readers over the course of a lifetime.
The conventionalism and abstraction he found in Islamic design pointed both to moral and intellectual failure.