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common stock

stock that ordinarily has no preference in the matter of dividends or assets and represents the residual ownership of a corporate business.
Animal Husbandry. stock that is not purebred.
Origin of common stock
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • While replenishing the common stock of Irish stories, Mr Birmingham adjusts our conception of the race.

    Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton
  • Fifty years ago Darwin put some knowledge into the common stock.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • After a pleasantly occupied absence, you will each have some new ideas to add to the common stock.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Their very speech appears not to be derived from any common stock.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • "Conversions" of bonds into stocks, or of preferred into common stock, are also barter transactions.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • Each made contributions to the common stock of provisions and outfit.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • Thus under domestication creatures so tangibly different as a mastiff and a terrier have sprung from a common stock.

  • For only then shall we be able to assimilate this last contribution to our common stock.

    Creative Unity Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for common stock

common stock

the US name for ordinary shares
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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