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noun, plural com·mon·al·i·ties.
  1. a sharing of features or characteristics in common; possession or manifestation of common attributes.
  2. a feature or characteristic held in common: Historians perceive commonalities of behavior in many eras.
  3. commonalty(def 1).
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Origin of commonality

1350–1400; Middle English; partial Latinization of commonalty, on basis of presumed Latin *commūnālitās (see -ity)
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noun plural -ties
  1. the fact of being common to more than one individual; commonness
  2. another word for commonalty (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for commonality


late 14c., "a community," from common (adj.), as if from Latin *communalitas. A respelling of commonalty (late 13c.). Meaning "the common people" is attested from 1580s; that of "state or quality of being shared" is from 1954.

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