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Dictionary definition for: Commonwealth

1. (n) the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)

2. (n) a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president" "African nations" "students who had come to the nation''s capitol" "the country''s largest manufacturer" "an industrialized land"

3. (n) 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

4. (n) a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

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