commonwealth

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noun com·mon·wealth \ˈkä-mən-ˌwelth also -ˌweltth\

Definition of commonwealth

  1. 1 archaic :  commonweal 2

  2. 2 :  a nation, state, or other political unit: such asa :  one founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement of the people for the common goodb :  one in which supreme authority is vested in the peoplec :  republic

  3. 3 capitalized a :  the English state from the death of Charles I in 1649 to the Restoration in 1660b :  protectorate 1b

  4. 4 :  a state of the U.S. —used officially of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

  5. 5 capitalized :  a federal union of constituent states —used officially of Australia

  6. 6 often capitalized :  an association of self-governing autonomous states more or less loosely associated in a common allegiance (as to the British crown)

  7. 7 often capitalized :  a political unit having local autonomy but voluntarily united with the U.S. —used officially of Puerto Rico and of the Northern Mariana Islands

Examples of commonwealth in a Sentence

  1. laws that will benefit all the citizens of the commonwealth

First Known Use of commonwealth

15th century


COMMONWEALTH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of commonwealth for English Language Learners

  • : a group of countries or states that have political or economic connections with one another

  • the Commonwealth : a U.S. state

  • : a political unit that is like a U.S. state but that pays no federal taxes and has only a representative in Congress who does not vote


COMMONWEALTH Defined for Kids

commonwealth

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noun com·mon·wealth \ˈkä-mən-ˌwelth\

Definition of commonwealth for Students

  1. 1 :  a political unit (as a nation or state)

  2. 2 :  one of four states of the United States—Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or Virginia


Law Dictionary

commonwealth

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noun com·mon·wealth \ˈkä-mən-ˌwelth\

Legal Definition of commonwealth

  1. 1 :  a nation, state, or other political unit: as a :  one founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement by the people for the common good b :  one in which supreme authority is vested in the people c :  republic

  2. 2 :  a state of the U.S. —used officially of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

  3. 3 often capitalized :  an association of self-governing autonomous states more or less loosely associated in a common allegiance (as to the British crown)

  4. 4 often capitalized :  a political unit having local autonomy but voluntarily united with the U.S. —used officially of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands



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