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commonwealth

noun [C]  us   /ˈkɑm·ənˌwelθ/
politics & government a country or state that is governed by its people or their elected representatives politics & government A commonwealth is an organized group of independent self-governing countries. politics & government A commonwealth is also a US state. politics & government A commonwealth is also a self-governing place associated with the US, such as Puerto Rico.
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