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or com·mon weal

[ kom-uh n-weel ]
/ ˈkɒm ənˌwil /


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

Nearby words

commonplace, commonplace book, commons, commons, house of, commonsensical, commonweal, commonwealth, commonwealth day, commonwealth of australia, commonwealth of england, commonwealth of independent states

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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British Dictionary definitions for commonweal


/ (ˈkɒmənˌwiːl) /

noun archaic

the good of the community
another name for commonwealth
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