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common adj. (all the foll. are common uses)
1. belonging equally to more than one, or to all mankind 1H4 II. i. 104 “homo is a name to all men” (cf. the grammatical term ‘common noun’), Mac. III. i. 69 “the common enemy of man.”
2. belonging to the community at large, free to everyone, public Wiv. IV. v. 125, Meas. IV. ii. 9 “a executioner,” AYL. II. iii. 33 “the road,” Cæs. I. iii. 15, III. i. 80; “ right,” the right of every citizen Meas. II. iii. 5; prostituted Ado IV. i. 65.
3. general All'sW. II. v. 58, 2H6 I. i. 207, Cor. II. iii. 100; generally known or spoken of John IV. ii. 187 “common in their mouths.”
4. usual, prevalent Gent. V. iv. 62, Sonn. cii. 12.
5. ordinary, undistinguished 1H6 IV. i. 31 “any man,” 3H6 I. i. 9 “common soldiers,” Ven. 293 “So did this horse excel a one; common sense,” ordinary or untutored perception LLL. I. i. 57.
6. belonging to the commonalty, of the people or the multitude Err. III. i. 101, 2H4 I. iii. 97, Cor. I. vi. 43 “The common file,” Lr. V. iii. 50.
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