What is 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
    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 - Aftermath
... Meanwhile, the Commonwealth forces were exhausted and more interested in looting the camp and (according to Podhorecki) did not attempt to stop the ... 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 command flags and banners) ... Boyars then proclaimed the Polish prince of the Commonwealth Władysław IV Waza as the new Tsar of Russia ...
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 ...
Commonwealth Secretariat
... The Commonwealth Secretariat is the main intergovernmental agency and central institution of the Commonwealth of Nations ... for facilitating cooperation between members organising meetings, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) assisting and advising on policy development and providing assistance to countries in ... United Kingdom, a former royal palace that was given by Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth ...
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 ... take 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 ...

More definitions of "commonwealth":

  • (noun): The official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico).
  • (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.

Famous quotes containing the word commonwealth:

    By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often, and as much, and in as many ways as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain and continuity of the commonwealth would be broken. No one generation could link with the other. Men would become little better than the flies of a summer.
    Edmund Burke (1729–1797)

    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.)

    Was I not born in this Realm? Were my parents born in any foreign country?... Is not my Kingdom here? Whom have I oppressed? Whom have I enriched to other’s harm? What turmoil have I made to this Commonwealth that I should be suspected to have no regard of the same?
    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)