commonweal

or com·mon weal

[ kom-uhn-weel ]

noun
  1. the common welfare; the public good.

  2. Archaic. the body politic; a commonwealth.

Origin of commonweal

1
First recorded in 1350–1400, commonweal is from Middle English comen wele. See common, weal1

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British Dictionary definitions for commonweal

commonweal

/ (ˈkɒmənˌwiːl) /


nounarchaic
  1. the good of the community

  2. another name for commonwealth

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