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the received wisdom

Common knowledge that is held to be true, but may not be. The received wisdom says to feed a cold and starve a fever, but that doesn't reflect current medical practice.
See also: received, wisdom

conventional/received ˈwisdom

the view or belief that most people have: Conventional wisdom has it that riots only ever happen in big cities.The term conventional wisdom was first used by the economist John Kenneth Galbraith in his book The Affluent Society.
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In a reversal of the received wisdom, that dichotomy indicates Johnson, not Hunt, is the one who has thought this through.
During the period of his blogs he increasingly saw the media as a kind of filter that distorted reality to suit a political received wisdom at the time.
Defying the received wisdom, this evidence reveals that members of Congress from the one-party South were no less responsive to their electorates than members from states with true partisan competition.
Because this study (which is a serious study, undertaken by a proper university) underpins earlier research which panned another received wisdom - that hours spent in the gym or out running were of no more cardio-vascular benefit than cycling really, really fast, for some 90 seconds, three times a week, or doing any puffed-out-to-the-absolute-max activity of your choice (where "puffed out" means proper panting, sweating, pop-eyed exhaustion).
The generally received wisdom with these pensions is to leave them where they are unless there is a compelling reason to move to a personal pension.
Yes, I know the received wisdom is if you stop taking an antibiotic part way through, bacteria can become resistant.
The trouble with received wisdom is that it rarely comes with a receipt.
A mark of it's explanatory sophistication is that 20 years later most of it's conceptual armature has been entirely assimilated into the received wisdom of the way we think about the intersection of globalization and archaic reactionary social forces.
The received wisdom is that political parties should never pledge to raise taxes.
While much of the received wisdom may tell us one thing, Barton reveals a story that gives us a fresh take on those horrific events of 100 years ago.
It is part of the received wisdom of the game that English batsmen have a weakness against the turning ball, particularly in the kind of conditions they are set to face in Mumbai and Delhi this month.
The truth is that Louis van Gaal has had to spend big on the squad he inherited, while I'm not sure the received wisdom about United's youth policy is all that accurate.
RECEIVED WISDOM Baggies want Andre's Premier know-how
It's one of those pieces of received wisdom that everyone just assumes is true but Hitler's biographers, many of whom knew him personally, all record his enjoyment of Bavarian sausages, stued pigeon breasts and other distinctly meaty dishes, and there's no evidence at all that he had any sympathy with vegetarianism as a cause.
Summary: The received wisdom goes something like this: Tourism is a mainstay of the Lebanese economy, and the country, rich in history, climate and culture, could attract even more tourists if the stars aligned properly.