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  • a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park"
  • of no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alon
  • belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public; "for the common good"; "common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community"
  • commonly encountered; "a common (or familiar) complaint"; "the usual greeting"
  • being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"
  • of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"
  • to be expected; standard; "common decency"
  • lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy"; "appealing to the vulgar taste for violence";
  • common to or shared by two or more parties; "a common friend"; "the mutual interests of management and labor"
  • of low or inferior quality or value; "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"

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  • a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park"

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Common Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Common land (a common) is land where local people have certain rights. For example, to allow their sheep to graze, to collect firewood, or to cut turf for fuel.

Originally in mediaeval England the common was part of the manor. Although it was part of the estate owned by the lord of the manor, tenants had certain rights.

By extension, the term "commons" has come to be applied to other resources which a community has rights or access to. Today the term "common" is mainly used for the land over which the rights are exercised. A person who has a right to common land is a commoner.

Today commons still exist in Great Britain and the United States, although their extent is much reduced from the millions of acres that existed in the 17th century.



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* Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard. - H.L. Mencken

* It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office. - H.L. Mencken

* The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. - H.L. Mencken


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    Genesis Energy, L.P. today announced the pricing of a registered underwritten public offering of 4,000,000 common units representing limited partner interests at $50.71 per common unit. Read more on this news related to 'Common'
  • First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund Declares Its Monthly Common Share Distribution of $0.1117 Per Share for October
    First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled monthly common share distribution in the amount of $0.1117 per share payable on October 15, 2014, to shareholders of record as of October 3, 2014. Read more on this news related to 'Common'

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