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Definitions of commonwealth

  1. a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A state; a body politic consisting of a certain number of men, united, by compact or tacit agreement, under one form of government and system of laws. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Specifically, the form of government established on the death of Charles I., in 1649, which existed under Oliver Cromwell and his son Richard, ending with the abdication of the latter in 1659. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. The public; the whole body of people in a state; a state. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The people of a state; the state. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A republic. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The commonweal; the body politic; the whole body of people in a state; a republic. The Commonwealth, in English history, the form of government which existed under Oliver Cromwell. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The country in which a free and popular government exists; the whole body of the people in a country; in Eng. Hist., the form of government established under Oliver Cromwell. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for commonwealth

  1. Ultimately they obtained permission to return, though the Commonwealth refused to give any formal sanction to their re- appearance, merely tacitly consenting to it. – The Religious Life of London by J. Ewing Ritchie
  2. Thus the Eloquence of Hortensius was extinguished by his own death, and mine by that of the Commonwealth – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
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