commonweal

noun com·mon·weal \ ˈkä-mən-ˌwēl \

Definition of commonweal

1 archaic : commonwealth
2 : the general welfare

First Known Use of commonweal

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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  • : the happiness, health, and safety of all of the people of a community or nation


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