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Pronunciation:  'kâmun`welth

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  1. [n]  a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
  2. [n]  a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
  3. [n]  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. [n]  the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)

COMMONWEALTH is a 12 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: body politic, country, democracy, land, nation, republic, res publica, state
 Antonyms: autarchy, autocracy
 See Also: ally, British Commonwealth, city state, Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, estate, estate of the realm, form of government, great power, international organisation, international organization, major power, parliamentary democracy, political system, political unit, Porto Rico, power, PR, province, Puerto Rico, Reich, sea power, state, superpower, suzerain, world organisation, world organization, world power



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Com"mon*wealth`\ (?; 277), n. [Common + wealth
1. 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.

         The trappings of a monarchy would set up an ordinary
         commonwealth.                         --Milton.

Note: This term is applied to governments which are
      considered as free or popular, but rarely, or
      improperly, to an absolute government. The word
      signifies, strictly, the common well-being or
      happiness; and hence, a form of government in which the
      general welfare is regarded rather than the welfare of
      any class.

2. The whole body of people in a state; the public.

3. (Eng. Hist.) Specifically, the form of government
   established on the death of Charles I., in 1649, which
   existed under Oliver Cromwell and his son Richard, ending
   with the abdication of the latter in 1659.

Syn: State; realm; republic.

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