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common good

noun

  1. 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.



common good

noun

  1. the part of the property of a Scottish burgh, in the form of land or funds, that is at the disposal of the community


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Word History and Origins

Origin of common good1

First recorded in 1350–1400
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Example Sentences

In this tradition, the common good is not automatically produced by a clash of competing interests.

Over the last year or so, business leaders have had to “assume responsibility to uphold the moral fabric of American society” along with its ideals of equality, justice and promotion of the common good, added Paquette.

From Digiday

Our institutions are not machines that automatically produce the common good.

There is value in having stretched our thinking about the possibilities of human adaptation, and in having proved that, at our best, we do have the capacity to take action together for the common good.

The strongest beliefs one holds may bear little relation to the facts and realities of life as related to the common good.

In a nation—in our nation—the whole point is to balance individual self-interest with the common good.

While the church since then has allowed private property, property should never be allowed to trump the common good.

John Avlon on why it's time for the common good to outweigh partisan concerns.

If the answer is no, relaxing them is acceptable, for the common good of rationalizing and streamlining airport security.

The spiritual foundation for the common good is “to love your neighbor as yourself” and is found in all our faith traditions.

These objects may be considered firstly as individual and perhaps selfish; and, secondly, as general and for the common good.

Till the year 1764, the colonial regulations seemed to have no other object but the common good of the whole empire.

But may I ask you and appeal to your common good-nature for a sincere answer?

A perfect capitalist would love his employee as himself, just as a perfect Socialist would be willing to work for the common good.

It disheartened her to see this fellow seeking his own ends under the pretence of the common good.

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