What is commonwealth?

  • (noun): 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.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Commonwealth

Commonwealth is a traditional English term for a political community founded for the common good. Historically, it has sometimes been synonymous with "republic".

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Battle Of Klushino - Opposing Forces
... Commonwealth forces numbering about 6,500–6,800 men(of which about 5,500, or about 80 percent were the famous "winged" hussars) under Hetman Stanisław Żółkiewski faced a numerically ... part in combat (remained in camp, reserve or was delayed), the numbers were 12,300 Commonwealth soldiers against 48,000 soldiers under Russian command ... The Commonwealth army was supported by two cannons (some sources say four), and the Tsardom of Russia by 11 ...
Commonwealth, Wisconsin - Demographics
... There were 170 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.1% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...
Commonwealth Secretariat
... The Commonwealth Secretariat is the main intergovernmental agency and central institution of the Commonwealth of Nations ... members organising meetings, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) assisting and advising on policy development and providing assistance to countries in implementing the decisions and ... given by Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth ...
Great Seal Of The Realm - Inscriptions On The Great Seal - Commonwealth
... Commonwealth of England Oliver Cromwell ... Oliver, by the grace of God, of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, etc ... Richard, by the grace of God, of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland, etc ...
Battle Of Klushino - Aftermath
... Meanwhile, the Commonwealth forces were exhausted and more interested in looting the camp and (according to Podhorecki) did not attempt to stop the Russians ... Commonwealth took much loot and trophies, from luxury goods (gold, silver, furs) to military equipment (including all 11 Russian artillery pieces) to war trophies (several ... Boyars then proclaimed the Polish prince of the Commonwealth Władysław IV Waza as the new Tsar of Russia ...

More definitions of "commonwealth":

  • (noun): A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
    Synonyms: democracy, republic
  • (noun): The official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico).

Famous quotes containing the word commonwealth:

    We must conceive of this whole universe as one commonwealth of which both gods and men are members.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C.)

    Honorable Senators: My sincerest thanks I offer you. Conserve the firm foundations of our institutions. Do your work with the spirit of a soldier in the public service. Be loyal to the Commonwealth and to yourselves and be brief; above all be brief.
    Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933)

    I’the commonwealth I would by contraries
    Execute all things; for no kind of traffic
    Would I admit; no name of magistrate;
    Letters should not be known; riches, poverty,
    And use of service, none; contract, succession,
    Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none;
    No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil;
    No occupation; all men idle, all,
    And women too, but innocent and pure.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)