commonwealth has definitions from the fields of politics,geography,government
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[ noun ] (politics,geography) a politically organized body of people under a single government

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

Platonic , Stoic , early Christian , monastic , canonist or theological communism ; we are concerned with Utopian communism - that_is , simply communism as it appears in the imaginary commonwealth of Utopia , as More conceived it .

Moreover , it is too readily forgotten that in the Republic what gave the initial impetus to Plato 's excursus into the construction of an imaginary commonwealth with its ruling-class communism of goods , wives , and children , was his quest for a canon for the proper ordering of the individual human psyche ; and it is to this problem that the Republic ultimately returns .

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[ noun ] (government,geography) the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)

Used in print

(Statements 87th Congress, 1st Session. Appropriations,...)

As used in this Act , the term ' saline water ' includes sea_water , brackish water , and other mineralized or chemically charged water , and the term ' United_States ' extends to and includes the District_of_Columbia , the Commonwealth of Puerto_Rico , and the territories and possessions of the United_States .

the term `` State '' includes the Commonwealth of Puerto_Rico and any possession of the United_States ; and the term `` commerce '' means commerce between any State and any place outside thereof , or between points within the same State but through any place outside thereof .

Related terms

state Puerto_Rico

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[ noun ] (government) 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
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[ noun ] (politics) a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

Synonyms

republic democracy

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