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

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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First Known Use of commonality

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commonality

Middle English communalite commonwealth, alteration of communalte

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12 Sep 2022

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“Commonality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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