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nous

Meaning: common sense, practical intelligence

For example:

  • If Mark had any business nous at all, he'd have invested in Bill's company when he had the chance.

  • Anyone with a bit of nous would have known how to solve the problem.

Quick Quiz:

Paul had the nous to be a top executive, but he never had
  1. the opportunity
  2. the brains
  3. the right clothes

Discuss: nous

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