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plural commonalities

Definition of commonality

1 : the common people
2a : possession of common features or attributes : commonness
b : a common feature or attribute

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Examples of commonality in a Sentence

The plans share important commonalities. one commonality between the two very different women is their passion for charity work

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Another commonality is that both tend to elicit a lot of shock and dismay, or at least feigned shock and dismay. Kyle Smith, National Review, "‘Don’t Apologize’: Ricky Gervais Takes On Verbal Terrorism," 16 Aug. 2019 This is to be based on the Model 3, with a high degree of parts commonality between the two. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla loses $408 million in Q2 2019," 24 July 2019 Inside the museum, the commonalities between the five cities and their social and economic histories become clear. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Cranbrook's sprawling, ambitious 'Landlord Colors' exhibit connects Detroit to the world," 20 June 2019 Each dyslexic has a different set of skills, and weaknesses, but there's a pattern of commonality that links people like Galileo, Pablo Picasso and Julia Child. Robyn Curnow, CNN, "The upside to dyslexia, even as a journalist," 6 June 2019 But this fantasy of commonality has always excluded, de jure and de facto, large swaths of the American population on the basis of their identities. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "America’s Original Identity Politics," 7 Feb. 2019 That commonality is [in the jam and electronic worlds] is very close. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Electric Forest Founder Jeremy Stein Says Festivals Are Like Families -- Here's How He Maintains His," 27 June 2019 If differences are respected in Melville’s globalised world, commonalities emerge, too. The Economist, "Born 200 years ago, Herman Melville was globalisation’s first great bard," 18 July 2019 But this doesn't prevent me from weighing in on other things that there might be commonality on. CBS News, "Tim Cook on tariffs, immigration and whether we spend too much time on our iPhones," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of commonality

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commonality

Middle English communalite commonwealth, alteration of communalte

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English Language Learners Definition of commonality

: the fact of sharing features or qualities
: a shared feature or quality

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