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1. The public good or welfare.
2. Archaic A commonwealth or republic.


1. the good of the community
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) another name for commonwealth


or com′mon weal`,

1. the common welfare; public good.
2. Archaic. a commonwealth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commonweal - the good of a community
good - benefit; "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?"
References in classic literature ?
It may be that in the larger design of the universe this invasion from Mars is not without its ultimate benefit for men; it has robbed us of that serene confidence in the future which is the most fruitful source of decadence, the gifts to human science it has brought are enormous, and it has done much to promote the conception of the commonweal of mankind.
It was debated whether or no, with safety to the commonweal, yonder scarlet letter might be taken off your bosom.
And as Jews, we should think hard about whether that's good for the commonweal.
Most chapters are based on columns or blog posts for the magazine Commonweal.
Drew Christiansen, SJ, former director of the USCCB's Office of International justice and Peace, discussing the religious liberty focus of the bishops' conference with Commonweal.
Ladyjerk" is how Caroline Belden accurately refers to her in a Commonweal review of the film.
Radical think-tank Commonweal called for transparency after the Daily Record last week exposed how rules were changed to allow state spies to intercept emails and phone calls from MSPs.
The CAG has indicted a number of Delhi government departments for wasteful expenditure incurred prior to the Commonweal Games, but the infrastructure and social security projects, have been pending and the government ignored key environmental issues which have resulted in the loss of crores of rupees.
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Choice said that certain selling stockholders, including Commonweal Foundation, Inc.
He wrote a long article in the little-read Commonweal magazine outlining why he had changed his mind on the subject of same-sex marriage.
The embarrassment of the Catholic liberals over the whole quarrel is reflected in Commonweal, edited by Catholic laymen.