What are commons?

  • (noun): A pasture subject to common use.
    Synonyms: common land
    See also — Additional definitions below


Commons are resources that are owned in common or shared among communities. These resources are said to be "held in common" and can include everything from natural resources and common land to software. The commons contains public property and private property, over which people have certain traditional rights. In some areas the process by which commonly held property is transformed into private property is termed "enclosure". A person who has a right in, or over, common land jointly with another or others is called a commoner.

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George Gordon (Canadian Politician)
... the riding of Nipissing in the Canadian House of Commons from 1908 to 1911 ... Gordon ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the House of Commons in 1904 defated by Liberal C A McCool ... defeated McCool in 2008 and was reelected to the House of Commons in 1911 but resigned his seat to allow Francis Cochrane to run for election in Nipissing ...
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Parliament Act 1911 - Background
... when the public was behind the House of Commons ... House of Lords could not amend money bills, since only the House of Commons had the right to decide upon the resources the monarch could call upon ... Until the Act, the Lords had equal rights over legislation compared to the Commons, but did not utilise its right of veto over financial measures by convention ...
Tragedy Of The Commons
... In economics, the tragedy of the commons is the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each ... this social dilemma in "The Tragedy of the Commons", published in the journal Science ...

More definitions of "commons":

  • (noun): A piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area.
    Synonyms: park, common, green
  • (noun): Class composed of persons lacking noble or knightly or gentle rank.
    Synonyms: commonalty, commonality

Famous quotes containing the word commons:

    [I]n Great-Britain it is said that their constitution relies on the house of commons for honesty, and the lords for wisdom; which would be a rational reliance if honesty were to be bought with money, and if wisdom were hereditary.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    Anybody who enjoys being in the House of Commons probably needs psychiatric care.
    Ken Livingstone (b. 1945)

    I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons & Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.
    William Blake (1757–1827)