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[ US /ˈkɑmənˌwɛɫθ/ ]
[ UK /kˈɒmənwˌɛlθ/ ]
  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 world organization of autonomous states that are united in allegiance to a central power but are not subordinate to it or to one another
  3. a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
  4. a politically organized body of people under a single government
    African nations
    students who had come to the nation's capitol
    an industrialized land
    the country's largest manufacturer
    the state has elected a new president
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How To Use commonwealth In A Sentence

  • He used a specially-arranged series of interviews during the Commonwealth summit yesterday to mount a stout defence of his position.
  • Well, it would be in a whole new jurisprudence so far as the prosecution of Commonwealth offences were concerned in this country.
  • Can the Commonwealth detain bankrupts for the purpose of examining them, on the basis that some bankrupts are likely to flee before examination?
  • There were also a huge range of aspects of Her Majesty's life - from images of her relaxing with her family and corgis, entertaining, on her royal duties, and as Head of the Commonwealth.
  • Jamaica, a member of the British Commonwealth, has a bicameral parliamentary legislative system.
  • The blood tests which snared three drugs cheats at last month's Winter Olympics could be missing from the anti-doping programme throughout Britain this year, including the Commonwealth Games.
  • Otherwise, the Commonwealth could always legislate to say certain categories of State legislation are prohibited.
  • Yet those who might write off the Commonwealth and European medallist have short memories.
  • This gap is important in even-numbered years in order to accommodate the spectacle of the World Cup or the Summer Olympics, perhaps even the Commonwealth Games or the European Football championships.
  • But that would be no different from somebody disinterring a 20-year-old volume of the Commonwealth Law Reports and recounting what happened in some case.
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