commonweal

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commonweal (plural commonweals)

  1. (obsolete or archaic) The common good.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XIII, In Parliament
      He had to judge the people as justice Errant […]; to equip his milites, send them duly in war-time to the King; — strive every way that the Commonweal, in his quarter of it, take no damage.

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