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1. The public good or welfare.
2. Archaic A commonwealth or republic.
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1. the good of the community
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) another name for commonwealth
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or com′mon weal`,

1. the common welfare; public good.
2. Archaic. a commonwealth.
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Noun1.commonweal - the good of a community
good - benefit; "for your own good"; "what's the good of worrying?"
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It may be that in the larger design of the universe this invasion from Mars is not without its ultimate benefit for men; it has robbed us of that serene confidence in the future which is the most fruitful source of decadence, the gifts to human science it has brought are enormous, and it has done much to promote the conception of the commonweal of mankind.
It was debated whether or no, with safety to the commonweal, yonder scarlet letter might be taken off your bosom.
As he filed his COC in the provincial office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the opposition lawmaker said his relentless mission would be 'to promote the commonweal, particularly the interests of the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged.'
And as Jews, we should think hard about whether that's good for the commonweal.
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--Drew Christiansen, SJ, former director of the USCCB's Office of International justice and Peace, discussing the religious liberty focus of the bishops' conference with Commonweal.
Radical think-tank Commonweal called for transparency after the Daily Record last week exposed how rules were changed to allow state spies to intercept emails and phone calls from MSPs.
The CAG has indicted a number of Delhi government departments for wasteful expenditure incurred prior to the Commonweal Games, but the infrastructure and social security projects, have been pending and the government ignored key environmental issues which have resulted in the loss of crores of rupees.
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