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[kom-uh-nal-i-tee] /ˌkɒm əˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural commonalities.
a sharing of features or characteristics in common; possession or manifestation of common attributes.
a feature or characteristic held in common:
Historians perceive commonalities of behavior in many eras.
commonalty (def 1).
1350-1400; Middle English; partial Latinization of commonalty, on basis of presumed Latin *commūnālitās (see -ity) Unabridged
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  • Looking through the whole list, however, brings up some commonalities.
  • Personally, this trip has taught me that there are more commonalities among us than differences.
  • For-profit and traditional universities have more commonalities than differences.
  • Also, this is an opportunity to find various commonalities.
  • Describes a model that emphasizes the commonalities of music from medieval polyphony to contemporary rock.
  • While the details may differ slightly, there are more commonalities than differences.
  • There are definitely some commonalities in terms of the frustrations faced by law enforcement and intelligence in each case.
  • Considering their surface commonalities it would be more instructive to contrast them.
  • The differences between them dwarf the commonalities.
  • Communication above all else and for that matter interests or commonalities.
British Dictionary definitions for commonalities


noun (pl) -ties
the fact of being common to more than one individual; commonness
another word for commonalty (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for commonalities



late 14c., "a community," from common (adj.), as if from Latin *communalitas. A respelling of commonalty (late 13c.). Meaning "the common people" is attested from 1580s; that of "state or quality of being shared" is from 1954.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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