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

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For me, just seeing the kind of international synergy—people thinking along parallel lines as far apart as Brazil, Tokyo, or New York—to see how design ideas both have a commonality and yet a quite distinct, regional character, was inspiring. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Museum of Modern Art's Upcoming 'Value of Good Design' Exhibit is Not One to Miss," 7 Feb. 2019 The exact circumstances causing data loss aren't clear; the handful of reports on Microsoft's forums and Reddit don't have any obvious commonalities, and people report seeing only one affected system among many when upgraded. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Data-deletion bug forces Microsoft to suspend rollout of Windows 10 update," 6 Oct. 2018 In the tense primary, the Republicans all share at least one commonality: loyalty to President Trump and his policies. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump's favorite county," 3 Aug. 2018 The commonality is that gestures small and large matter. Allison Klein, Washington Post, "After Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade suicides, social media light up with survivors’ stories of how they made it through," 11 June 2018 Other commonalities the hacking victims seem to share are changed handles and deleted bios, though these hackers don't seem to be deleting or posting photos, as hackers often do. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Hack Locks People Out of Their Accounts," 15 Aug. 2018 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

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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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