com·​mon·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkä-mə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce commonality (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web To see a cluster like this, where the only commonality is recently receiving this vaccine, suggests a link. Katia Hetter, CNN, 27 Apr. 2021 Perhaps the most meaningful commonality of these projects is their founders’ desire to create workplace cultures informed by mutual respect and generosity. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 While there's no perfect formula as to which storms will produce tornadoes, there's commonality in the anatomy of the systems that result in tornadoes. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 26 Apr. 2021 So that may be a commonality, but there are other vaccines in use around the globe that also use adenovirus vectors, such as the Sputnik V vaccine, as well. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2021 Whilst reading you’ll notice that there is no commonality in the specific actions. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Yet, if the survey results’ divisions are evident, so are the points of commonality. Time, 29 Apr. 2021 Fashion builds bridges — it’s a point of commonality. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 Even though the products are different, there was a lot of commonality in terms of types of clients, client experience expectations and working with creative minds. Bill Springer, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of commonality was in 1582

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27 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Commonality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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