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COMMONWEALTH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does commonwealth mean? 

COMMONWEALTH (noun)
  The noun COMMONWEALTH has 4 senses:

1. the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
2. a politically organized body of people under a single government
3. 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. a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

  Familiarity information: COMMONWEALTH used as a noun is uncommon.


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COMMONWEALTH (noun)


Sense 1commonwealth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("commonwealth" is a kind of...):

province; state (the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation)

Instance hyponyms:

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Porto Rico; PR; Puerto Rico (a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico)


Sense 2commonwealth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A politically organized body of people under a single government

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

body politic; nation; res publica; commonwealth; country; state; land

Context 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

Hypernyms ("commonwealth" is a kind of...):

political entity; political unit (a unit with political responsibilities)

Meronyms (parts of "commonwealth"):

estate; estate of the realm (a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country and formerly possessing distinct political rights)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commonwealth"):

commonwealth country (any of the countries in the British Commonwealth)

ally (a friendly nation)

city state; city-state (a state consisting of a sovereign city)

great power; major power; power; superpower; world power (a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world)

sea power (a nation that possesses formidable naval strength)

suzerain (a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs)

renegade state; rogue nation; rogue state (a state that does not respect other states in its international actions)

Reich (the German state)

foreign country (any state of which you are not a citizen)

Dominion (one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth)

developing country (a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically)

Instance hyponyms:

Eelam; Tamil Eelam (the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for)


Sense 3commonwealth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("commonwealth" is a kind of...):

global organization; international organisation; international organization; world organisation; world organization (an international alliance involving many different countries)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commonwealth"):

British Commonwealth; Commonwealth of Nations (an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and its dependencies and many former British colonies that are now sovereign states but owe allegiance to the British Crown)


Sense 4commonwealth [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

republic; democracy; commonwealth

Hypernyms ("commonwealth" is a kind of...):

form of government; political system (the members of a social organization who are in power)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commonwealth"):

Weimar Republic (the German republic founded at Weimar in 1919)

parliamentary democracy (a democracy having a parliament)


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