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Definition of commonweal

1 archaic : commonwealth
2 : the general welfare

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Recent Examples on the Web But the Smithsonian’s contributions to the commonweal still stands out, not only for its breadth but for its permissiveness. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million Images in the Public Domain," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of commonweal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Commonweal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of commonweal

old-fashioned + formal : the happiness, health, and safety of all of the people of a community or nation

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