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commonwealth meaning

EN[ˈkɑmənˌwɛlθ] [ˈkɒm.ənˌwɛlθ]
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  • Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good. Historically it has sometimes been synonymous with "republicanism".
  • More recently it has been used for fraternal associations of some sovereign nations. Most notably the Commonwealth of Nations, an association primarily of former members of the British Empire, is often referred to as simply "the Commonwealth".
  • The English noun "commonwealth" in the sense meaning "public welfare; general good or advantage" dates from the 15th century.
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    Definition of commonwealth in English Dictionary

  • NounPLcommonwealthsPREcom-
    1. A form of government, named for the concept that everything that is not owned by specific individuals or groups is owned collectively by everyone in the governmental unit, as opposed to a state, where the state itself owns such things.
      1. Approximately, a republic.
        1. May 19, 1649 Be it declared and enacted by this present Parliament and by the Authoritie of the same That the People of England and of all the Dominions and Territoryes thereunto belonging are and shall be and are hereby constituted, made, established, and confirmed to be a Commonwealth and free State And shall from henceforth be Governed as a Commonwealth and Free State by the supreame Authoritie of this Nation, the Representatives of the People in Parliam[ent] and by such as they shall appoint and constitute as Officers and Ministers under them for the good of the People and that without any King or House of Lords. Act of the Long Parliament.
    2. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • As a Commonwealth citizen, you are eligible to vote in United Kingdom elections.
        • The written form of the language universally taught in schools is Commonwealth English with a slight emphasis on a few words which might be more common in the specific areas than others.
        • Mozambique joined the Commonwealth in 1995, although it had not been a part of the British Empire.
      2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
        • The prisoner's counsel were the strongest and cunningest lawyers in the Commonwealth.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Nouns
        • Countable nouns
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      Grammatically, this word "commonwealth" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun.
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