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English noun: commonwealth

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

Broader (hypernym)province, state

Instance hyponymCommonwealth of Puerto Rico, Porto Rico, PR, Puerto Rico

2. commonwealth (group) a politically organized body of people under a single government

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsbody politic, country, land, nation, res publica, state

Broader (hypernym)political entity, political unit

Narrower (hyponym)ally, city state, city-state, commonwealth country, developing country, Dominion, foreign country, great power, major power, power, Reich, renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state, sea power, superpower, suzerain, world power

Instance hyponymEelam, Tamil Eelam

Part holonymestate, estate of the realm, the three estates

3. commonwealth (group) 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

Broader (hypernym)global organization, international organisation, international organization, world organisation, world organization

Narrower (hyponym)British Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations

4. commonwealth (group) a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

Synonymsdemocracy, republic

Broader (hypernym)form of government, political system

Narrower (hyponym)parliamentary democracy, Weimar Republic

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