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common good

the advantage or benefit of all people in society or in a group:
In spite of our differences, we shall work for the common good. Unabridged
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  • One directs all one's intentions to the common good, which is no other than the glory of God.

    Theodicy G. W. Leibniz
  • That therefore which is chief in every man's constitution, is, that he intend the common good.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • Knots and groups began to talk of some sort of accepted government for the common good.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • Each is given his own gift of the Spirit for the common good.

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • In its onset, willingness in behalf of the common good to endure attendant private evils is alacrity, promptness.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
British Dictionary definitions for common good

common good

the part of the property of a Scottish burgh, in the form of land or funds, that is at the disposal of the community
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for common good

late 14c., translating Latin bonum publicum "the common weal."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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