or com·mon weal

[kom-uh n-weel]


the common welfare; the public good.
Archaic. the body politic; a commonwealth.

Origin of commonweal

First recorded in 1350–1400, commonweal is from the Middle English word comen wele. See common, weal1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun archaic

the good of the community
another name for commonwealth
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