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

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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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 The commonality among the young women: realize your career passion early, take academics seriously, and set high goals. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Windsor Trio Sets Sights On Higher Ed, High Fashion," 19 June 2018 Ramalingam, who considers her company to operate in the realm of digital social work, has identified commonalities between the individuals that tend to seek out and fall into hate groups. Erika Fry, Fortune, "How Tech Companies Like Google Deal With Terrorists on Their Platforms," 12 June 2018 In the windows and on display on the second floor are works from breakout artists shaping the landscape of design, celebrating the commonalities between the art and fashion world. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "See the New Dior Exhibition at Bergdorf Goodman," 3 May 2018 The commonalities, the human experiences, the major dramas of our life are not different. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author and psychotherapist Esther Perel on Recode Decode," 26 Mar. 2018 Of course, investors’ drive to find commonalities among successful entrepreneurs has also helped create the tech stereotype of the 20-something, hoodie-wearing bro. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Kirstjen Nielsen, Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Sessions: Broadsheet June 21," 21 June 2018 All of which suggests that the Buddhist ideal of ego suppression is grounded in neurochemical reality, for the brains of experienced meditators and people undergoing a psychedelic trip display striking commonalities. Tom Bissell, New York Times, "Michael Pollan Drops Acid — and Comes Back From His Trip Convinced," 4 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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