What does common good mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. common good, commonweal(noun)

    the good of a community


  1. common good(Noun)

    the general interest of the population as a whole.

  2. common good(Noun)

    a good that is rivalrous and non-excludable


  1. Common good

    The common good or common weal is a term that can refer to several different concepts. In the popular meaning, the common good describes a specific "good" that is shared and beneficial for all members of a given community. This is also how the common good is broadly defined in philosophy, ethics, and political science. However there is no strict definition of the common good for each situation. The good that is common between person A and person B may not be the same as between person A and person C. Thus the common good can often change, although there are some things — such as the basic requirements for staying alive: food, water, and shelter — that are always good for all people.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of common good in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of common good in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeremy Corbyn:

    The common good is the aspiration of all of us.

  2. Woodrow Wilson:

    There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.

  3. Pope Francis:

    It would be sad, and I dare say even catastrophic, were particular interests to prevail over the common good.

  4. Pope Francis:

    I encourage you to work with integrity and transparency for the common good, and to foster a spirit of solidarity at every level of society.

  5. Richard Weissbourd:

    Too often, today’s culture sends young people messages that emphasize personal success rather than concern for others and the common good.

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