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1. The right to pasture animals on common land.
2. The state of being held in common.
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1. (Law) chiefly law
a. the use of something, esp a pasture, in common with others
b. the right to such use
2. (Law) the state of being held in common
3. (Law) something held in common, such as land
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) another word for commonalty1
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(ˈkɒm ə nɪdʒ)

1. the joint use of anything, esp. a pasture.
2. the state of being held in common.
3. something that is so held, as land.
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Noun1.commonage - property held in common
belongings, property, holding - something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";
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References in classic literature ?
His politeness for the fair sex has already been hinted at by Miss Rebecca Sharp--in a word, the whole baronetage, peerage, commonage of England, did not contain a more cunning, mean, selfish, foolish, disreputable old man.
(29) An April 1908 report from the town police stated that "all natives in the Township and on the Commonage, occupying premises, not used by their masters, have been warned that they will have to remove to the Location on the 1st May." (30)
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CROAGH Patrick could be closed to visitors this summer if threats to prohibit access to commonage land on the laneway goes ahead.
Thomas Dillon Redshaw, another tireless shepherd in the wild commonage of contemporary Irish poetry, provides the key to that nearly post-Dolmen era in his meticulous essay "The Dublin Arts Festival, 1970: Capella, The Book of Invasions, and the Original Gallery Books." Here we first meet Fallon, tyro-poet and tyro-publisher: "These readings Peter Fallon and Eamon Carr arranged at a tangent to the festival's administration proper; the series ran the week of April 6, 1970.
A spokesman for Louth County Council said the lane in question is commonage and "works were carried out to facilitate access to the Long Woman's Grave and a walking route along Slieve Foy with EU funding".
The town squatted in a bowl beneath desert hills, its scattered lights odd fires stared at from up on Commonage where a rattlesnake could be seen lifting its wedge head from the heat-trail of a white-footed mouse and staring down at the three lakes, Swan in the north, Kalamalka to the south, and Okanagan in the west, the Bluebush hills and mountains hanging above them in a pall.
(51) The continental shelf cases presented claims that were, in significant part, novel, since they involved areas previously within the high seas commonage. In these cases, the Court has generally evinced a greater scope to devise novel solutions unencumbered by the fact of possession, and focused instead on equitable principles also commonly used in maritime disputes.
"The decision to empower traditional authorities to allocate customary land rights to the maximum of 20 hectares in communal areas was arrived at to protect the commonage from being fenced off by a few individuals for their personal and individual use and to protect the commonage from being depleted through over grazing.
Along with this status came the privilege of using the town land or 'commonage' for the grazing of cattle: all 'those who are admitted ...
"The language we use in media interactions encodes indexical socio-cultural information that draws on and reinforces the commonage of the participation framework." (14)
Garran argued that a system where land was held 'in commonage', with no private rights, would be a bar to all improvements and would mean 'perpetual Barbarism'.