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or com·mon weal

[kom-uh n-weel]
  1. the common welfare; the public good.
  2. Archaic. the body politic; a commonwealth.
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Origin of commonweal

First recorded in 1350–1400, commonweal is from the Middle English word comen wele. See common, weal1
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noun archaic
  1. the good of the community
  2. another name for commonwealth
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