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commonwealth

noun com·mon·wealth \-ˌwelth also -ˌweltth\

: a group of countries or states that have political or economic connections with one another

the Commonwealth : a U.S. state

: a political unit that is like a U.S. state but that pays no federal taxes and has only a representative in Congress who does not vote

Full Definition of COMMONWEALTH

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archaic :  commonweal 2
2
:  a nation, state, or other political unit: as
a :  one founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement of the people for the common good
b :  one in which supreme authority is vested in the people
c :  republic
3
capitalized
a :  the English state from the death of Charles I in 1649 to the Restoration in 1660
b :  protectorate 1b
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:  a state of the United States —used officially of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
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capitalized :  a federal union of constituent states —used officially of Australia
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often capitalized :  an association of self-governing autonomous states more or less loosely associated in a common allegiance (as to the British crown)
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often capitalized :  a political unit having local autonomy but voluntarily united with the United States —used officially of Puerto Rico and of the Northern Mariana Islands

Examples of COMMONWEALTH

  1. <laws that will benefit all the citizens of the commonwealth>

First Known Use of COMMONWEALTH

15th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with COMMONWEALTH

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