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1[mass 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’
- ‘There are so many things in common in our traditions, and we would like to emphasize the commonalities.’
- ‘That there are so many unlikely commonalities amongst the various established religions, even those that have evolved independently.’
- ‘The photographs are both stunning and confounding in their simplicity and in the commonalities that they share.’
- ‘To be sure, the territories share important commonalities of climate, geography, demography, economy and identity.’
- ‘Our two countries share a commonality of views on many issues.’
- ‘But these two bands share far more than a commonality of inspiration.’
- ‘They nourished their differences more than their commonalities.’
- ‘Centralizing security responsibilities has the downside of making our security more brittle, by instituting a commonality of approach and a uniformity of thinking.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So there are many commonalities, but there are some differences as well.’
- ‘While plants and animals have distinctly different nutritional requirements, there are some commonalities.’
- ‘I think there are a lot of commonalities between the two, and therefore it will be a valuable experience.’
- ‘But what's notable, when you read several of these books together, is the lack of other commonalities between them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are commonalities that exist in all cultures.’
- ‘First, we have aligned ourselves with all other chambers and associations where we find a commonality in thinking and purpose.’
- ‘It is useful to identify commonalities among the scenarios.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There were a number of commonalities among the situations.’
- 1.1[count noun] A shared feature or attribute:‘we discern the commonalities between these writers’
- ‘They also need to learn about the differences and, more importantly, the commonalities they share with others.’
- ‘These findings show that frequently selected resources in libraries share some commonalities.’
- ‘And they interviewed hundreds of healthy old people to look for commonalities.’
- ‘Blank, empty, plain were just a few commonalities we shared.’
- ‘What is needed is a view that allows us to find such commonalities and identify impediments to shared knowledge.’
- ‘Another reason is that it gives school children the opportunity to learn about cultural commonalities and differences across five continents.’
- ‘All apprenticeships are not created equal, but there are certain commonalities to consider if you're checking out programs.’
2the commonality‘noble intent lifts you as hero above the commonality’another term for commonalty
- ‘He makes it no secret that he disapproves of the commonality speaking out.’
- ‘He does not often pay for his own petrol; he does not understand what the commonality might actually want from a visitor attraction.’
- ‘The commonality are allowed virtually no contact with serious literature.’
Late Middle English (in commonality): variant of commonalty. commonality dates from the mid 16th century, but was rarely used before the 1950s.
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