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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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