com·​mon·​al·​i·​ty ˌkä-mə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce commonality (audio)
plural commonalities
: the common people
: possession of common features or attributes : commonness
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web And yet finding commonality is probably the most effective way to deal with major challenges facing rural communities, like the closure of more than 600 rural hospitals in the near future, according to a recent study by the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2023 If there’s a commonality, Jala and her various exes come to realize their various hangups and unresolved personal issues often lead to a lack of open, honest communication. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 In large part, his strategy has been to look for commonalities over differences and to hold firm on compromise, whether pressure is coming from the right or the left. Riley Robinson, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 The box office blockbuster featured a multicultural cast, but its greatest commonality with the documentary is acknowledging that not everybody loves Barbie. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 10 Oct. 2023 Eat healthy fats One of the main commonalities between people living in Blue Zones around the world is the presence of plenty of healthy fats in their diets. Georgia Day, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2023 The combination of an aging population and the commonality of stroke at an older age is likely a large reason for the uptick in stroke events. Kaitlin Vogel, Health, 24 Oct. 2023 One thing sharing your life with another species will teach you is that there are commonalities among all creatures, and a mystery that bends us all toward each other. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 17 Oct. 2023 The show is interested in trying to find commonality between people at the end of the day. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English communalite commonwealth, alteration of communalte

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of commonality was in 1649

Dictionary Entries Near commonality

Cite this Entry

“Commonality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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