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commonweal

[kom-uh n-weel] /ˈkɒm ənˌwil/
noun
1.
the common welfare; the public good.
2.
Archaic. the body politic; a commonwealth.
Also, common weal.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English comen wele. See common, weal1
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  • commonweal is both a direct services organization and a home for public policy advocacy.
  • The well to do ought to pay more towards the commonweal because they can afford it.
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commonweal

/ˈkɒmənˌwiːl/
noun (archaic)
1.
the good of the community
2.
another name for commonwealth
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