from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The public good or welfare.
- n. Archaic A commonwealth or republic.
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- n. The common good.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Commonwealth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The public good; the common welfare of the nation or community.
- n. A commonwealth; the body politic; a community.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the good of a community
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When you understand Illinois politics, Obama’s emphasis on “bipartisanship” takes on a sinister air, since in Illinois the central faultline undermining the commonweal is not Republican vs. Democrat but Politician vs. Public.
Together, communities are greater when the commonweal is the central concern.
Indeed, this rejection of the idea of socially and economically significant State intervention in the affairs of the commonweal is the very essence of the ideology of the Whigs, whether neo-Catholic or non-Catholic.
Public money should only be spent in support of our mutual intersts - or what used to be known as the commonweal - in either good or bad economic times.
The power of average people is their freedom to act on their own judgement, to set and pursue their own goals, to earn and keep their own property without being looted by the "commonweal", to take responsibility for their own actions.
This, my friend, is why right-wing policies inevitably fail by scandal or repression: the basic conservative position is that there is no such thing as a "commonweal," it's everyone for himself.
It is of interest that the term commonwealth is derived from the medieval English word "commonweal" which means common well-being.
Certainly no more solid than the duty of Congress to attend to the "commonweal" of the people.
Congress was created as a place where the 'commonweal' was the business of the day and that wealth was supposed to include all people in the civil body politic.
In olden times they used it in a synonym for the general welfare -- in the "commonweal" or the "commonwealth."