com·​mon·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌkä-mə-ˈna-lə-tē \
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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But there is a commonality there, and a fear on my part. Fox News, "Scalise compares Trump's Russia strategy to Obama's; Nunes on warning Obama administration about Russia," 19 July 2018 Venn diagrams illustrate commonality between two sets of things that are different. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Scott Walker accidentally reveals he doesn’t get Venn diagrams while downplaying GOP’s power grab," 14 Dec. 2018 One important commonality the two have is their kids: Christina and ex Tarek co-parent Taylor, 7, and Brayden, 3, while Ant and his ex-wife share daughter Amelie, 15, and son Archie, 12. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Christina El Moussa and Boyfriend Ant Anstead's Son Have the Sweetest Relationship," 6 Sep. 2018 The mayors of Paris and Los Angeles met Tuesday ahead of a global climate summit to memorialize the victims of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., and to talk about the commonalities between the two cities amid an increasingly divided world. Amanda Lee Myers, Fox News, "Los Angeles, Paris mayors talk climate, homeless, Olympics," 12 Sep. 2018 Similar scores indicate greater degrees of commonality. Julia Azari, Vox, "Who wrote the anonymous White House op-ed? A linguistic analysis.," 7 Sep. 2018 The extremities of views of each person on Trump’s list vary heavily, but the commonality is that each would almost certainly be detrimental to reproductive and LGBTQ rights. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Donald Trump Says He’s Considering Two Women for Supreme Court," 29 June 2018 Autofiction revealed, and not always as intentionally as Cusk, our delusion of commonality. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "Read Any Antisocial Novels Lately?," 10 May 2018 However, both men have one commonality: constantly trying to overcome the invisibility that black transgender men face. Tiffani Dupree, The Root, "Are Black Trans Men Invisible?," 28 June 2018

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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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