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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Still, certain commonalities are now accepted by almost all scholars who study humor. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, "What’s So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh," 26 June 2019 While the state’s public health epidemiologist continues to look for patterns and commonalities, health departments are urging good hand washing and vaccination. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "A fourth death from Hepatitis A in Martin County as outbreak continues," 24 June 2019 Seven years ago, there were some commonalities among the horse deaths in New York. John Cherwa,, "Horse deaths at Santa Anita may have implications for entire racing industry," 22 June 2019 The human mind is very good at seeing abstract commonalities. Jason Karaian, Quartzy, "How the world’s most creative people break out of a rut," 22 June 2019 Still, there are enough commonalities between other indigenous cultures on the continent to venture some guesses. Krista Langlois, National Geographic, "2,000-year-old tattoo needle identified by archaeologists," 28 Feb. 2019 For decades, these commonalities have been reflected in the substantial overlap between the two mediums’ funders, distributors, facilities and technical personnel. Judy Berman, Time, "With Meryl Streep on Big Little Lies, It's Time to Admit That Film and TV Are Converging," 6 June 2019 There is more to it than that: the broader commonalities behind Brexit and Trump. Martin Farr, Quartz, "Donald Trump’s state visit is a sorry sign of the times for the UK," 4 June 2019 In addition to these helpful commonalities, the bobtail squid has a unique quality that lends itself to symbiosis studies. Quanta Magazine, "New Squid Genome Shines Light on Symbiotic Evolution," 19 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of commonality

: the fact of sharing features or qualities
: a shared feature or quality

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