(?), n.;
pl. Communities (#).
[L. communitas: cf. OF. communit. Cf. Commonalty, and see Common.] 1. Common possession or enjoyment; participation; as, a community of goods.
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The original community of all things.
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An unreserved community of thought and feeling.
W. Irving.
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2. A body of people having common rights, privileges, or interests, or living in the same place under the same laws and regulations; as, a community of monks. Hence a number of animals living in a common home or with some apparent association of interests.
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Creatures that in communities exist.
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3. Society at large; a commonwealth or state; a body politic; the public, or people in general.
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Burdens upon the poorer classes of the community.
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In this sense, the term should be used with the definite article; as, the interests of the community.
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4. Common character; likeness. [R.]
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The essential community of nature between organic growth and inorganic growth.
H. Spencer.
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5. Commonness; frequency. [Obs.]
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Eyes . . . sick and blunted with community.
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