Definition of commonality in English:

commonality

noun

  • 1mass noun The state of sharing features or attributes.

    ‘the explanations show a high degree of commonality in their reasoning’
    in singular ‘a commonality of interest ensures cooperation’
    • ‘While plants and animals have distinctly different nutritional requirements, there are some commonalities.’
    • ‘There were a number of commonalities among the situations.’
    • ‘It is often women who recognise their commonalities and common suffering and are willing to put pride and hatred aside in order to work together.’
    • ‘So there are many commonalities, but there are some differences as well.’
    • ‘The rifles in service from 1893 until the middle of the 20th century display a strong commonality of handling features.’
    • ‘The commonality amongst most types of Cuban art is the brilliant use of vivid, bold.’
    • ‘To be sure, the territories share important commonalities of climate, geography, demography, economy and identity.’
    • ‘That there are so many unlikely commonalities amongst the various established religions, even those that have evolved independently.’
    • ‘There are so many things in common in our traditions, and we would like to emphasize the commonalities.’
    • ‘She seems to have found an identity here; a commonality of purpose; a collective longing for the old country and known gods and familiar people.’
    • ‘First, we have aligned ourselves with all other chambers and associations where we find a commonality in thinking and purpose.’
    • ‘But what's notable, when you read several of these books together, is the lack of other commonalities between them.’
    • ‘They nourished their differences more than their commonalities.’
    • ‘But these two bands share far more than a commonality of inspiration.’
    • ‘I think there are a lot of commonalities between the two, and therefore it will be a valuable experience.’
    • ‘It is useful to identify commonalities among the scenarios.’
    • ‘The photographs are both stunning and confounding in their simplicity and in the commonalities that they share.’
    • ‘There are commonalities that exist in all cultures.’
    • ‘Centralizing security responsibilities has the downside of making our security more brittle, by instituting a commonality of approach and a uniformity of thinking.’
    • ‘Our two countries share a commonality of views on many issues.’
    1. 1.1count noun A shared feature or attribute.
      ‘we discern the commonalities between these writers’
      • ‘Another reason is that it gives school children the opportunity to learn about cultural commonalities and differences across five continents.’
      • ‘Blank, empty, plain were just a few commonalities we shared.’
      • ‘They also need to learn about the differences and, more importantly, the commonalities they share with others.’
      • ‘All apprenticeships are not created equal, but there are certain commonalities to consider if you're checking out programs.’
      • ‘What is needed is a view that allows us to find such commonalities and identify impediments to shared knowledge.’
      • ‘These findings show that frequently selected resources in libraries share some commonalities.’
      • ‘And they interviewed hundreds of healthy old people to look for commonalities.’
  • 2the commonality

    ‘noble intent lifts you as hero above the commonality’
    another term for commonalty
    • ‘He does not often pay for his own petrol; he does not understand what the commonality might actually want from a visitor attraction.’
    • ‘He makes it no secret that he disapproves of the commonality speaking out.’
    • ‘The commonality are allowed virtually no contact with serious literature.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in commonality (sense 2)): variant of commonalty. commonality (sense 1) dates from the mid 16th century, but was rarely used before the 1950s.

Pronunciation

commonality

/kɒməˈnalɪti/