Definition of Commonwealth

1. Noun. The official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico).

Generic synonyms: Province, State
Specialized synonyms: Commonwealth Of Puerto Rico, Porto Rico, Pr, Puerto Rico

2. Noun. A politically organized body of people under a single government. "An industrialized land"

3. Noun. 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.

4. Noun. A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
Exact synonyms: Democracy, Republic
Specialized synonyms: Weimar Republic, Parliamentary Democracy
Generic synonyms: Form Of Government, Political System
Derivative terms: Democratic, Democratize, Democratize

Definition of Commonwealth

1. n. 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.

Definition of Commonwealth

1. Proper noun. The Commonwealth of Nations, a loose confederation of nations based around the former British Empire. ¹

2. Proper noun. (Australia) Australia, the Commonwealth of Australia, (non-gloss definition often referring to its federal government.) ¹

3. Proper noun. (context in _ Kentucky) Kentucky, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, (non-gloss definition often referring to its government.) ¹

4. Proper noun. (context in _ Massachusetts) Massachusetts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (non-gloss definition often referring to its government.) ¹

5. Proper noun. (context in _ Pennsylvania) Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, (non-gloss definition often referring to its government.) ¹

6. Proper noun. (context in _ Virginia) Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, (non-gloss definition often referring to its government.) ¹

7. Noun. A form of government, named for the concept that everything that is not owned by specific individuals or groups is owned collectively by everyone in the governmental unit, as opposed to a ''state'', where the state itself owns such things. ¹

8. Noun. Approximately, a republic. ¹

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Definition of Commonwealth

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Literary usage of Commonwealth

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1. An Almanack for the Year of Our Lord by Joseph Whitaker (1869)
"The total population of the British commonwealth was estimated In 1963 at 740.000,000. GOVERNMENT.—The commonwealth is a free association of sovereign ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1890)
"cs Upon the issue thus joined a trial by jury was had and a verdict given for the commonwealth for $13.96, and judgment entered thereon with costs. ..."

3. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1888)
"And perhaps, I added, as children and women admire dresses of many colours, so many persons will decide in favour of this commonwealth, ..."

4. The Federal and State Constitutions, Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Benjamin Perley Poore, United States, United States Congress. Senate (1877)
"within the said District which shall belong to the said commonwealth shall be free from taxation, while the title of said lands remains in the commonwealth; ..."

5. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1910)
"The commonwealth shall be established, and the constitution of the ... This act, and all laws made by the parliament of the commonwealth under the ..."

6. The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: With a Life by John Adams, Charles Francis Adams (1865)
"Those who model a commonwealth, must take such provisions as may gratify three sorts of men, of which all states are composed ; that is, the high, ..."

7. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas Hobbes (1839)
"When the representative is one man, then is the commonwealth a MONARCHY : when an assembly of all that will come together, then it is a DEMOCRACY, ..."

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