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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).
Origin of commonality
1350-1400; Middle English; partial Latinization of commonalty, on basis of presumed Latin *commūnālitās (see -ity) Unabridged
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  • Approach people as if you expect them to be fair and open-minded, and look for points of commonality as you talk to them.
  • Culture is not the only commonality that people might share.
  • However, the key commonality is that their spontaneously created languages resemble fully-formed languages.
  • There may be some commonality in the ways that attribution occurs in the language.
  • They seem to have a remarkable commonality as a species.
  • Their commonality is their huge potential and their inability to realize it.
  • Where that commonality does not exist, it must be coaxed into being through the staged politics of outrage.
  • It is a word to describe characteristics of many parts in causal and/or perceived commonality with one another.
  • Bet if you check the membership lists on these clubs you'll find a lot of commonality.
  • Let's use this tragedy to first recognize our commonality as human beings.
British Dictionary definitions for commonality


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 commonality

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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