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 Washington, who recently starred in Hulu’s hit limited series Little Fires Everywhere, has played a variety of characters from different walks of life in her career, and sees a commonality amongst all of these hard-working women. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Kerry Washington Says This Is What Every Woman Needs In Her Beauty Arsenal," 26 June 2020 But the one commonality is that pollution is in communities of color and low-income. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, ""Two different realities": Why America needs environmental justice," 12 June 2020 These days, this sense of commonality is all too rare. John King,, "New bayside trail in East Bay offers easy access — and refuge in troubled times," 8 June 2020 The exact reasons for this phenomenon are unclear, but one commonality is that super-spreaders tend to come in contact with multiple groups of people during their transmission period. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "The WIRED Coronavirus Glossary," 2 June 2020 The company will survey customers who contracted it and look for commonalities among those who experienced a severe response. oregonlive, "Why do some people die from coronavirus, others hardly get sick? The answer could be your genes," 20 Apr. 2020 Schumer’s profession of faith assures Christians that there is commonality after all, and that the reign of Christian divinity in the American public sphere will never be seriously challenged. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "To Dream of a Jewish President," 13 Feb. 2020 But there is a commonality between the two series’ heroines. Dallas News, "Charlaine Harris imagines a bleak alternate reality in ‘A Longer Fall’," 21 Jan. 2020 There was a commonality here, one that Campbell and Webb would eventually share. Longreads, "The Story of Country Music’s Great Songwriting Duo," 3 Sep. 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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1 Jul 2020

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“Commonality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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