Definition of common property in English:

common property


  • 1A thing or things held jointly.

    ‘the atmosphere is the common property of every nation on earth’
    • ‘Last, this budget would be allocated amongst the world's nations on the basis of their populations - in recognition of the atmosphere being the common property of all humankind, to which every person has an equal right.’
    • ‘Shorelines, beaches, river bottoms, and navigable water - whether in the sea or flowing to it - were the common property of the nation's citizens.’
    • ‘It remains part of the atmosphere, and falls partly into areas of common property, and partly into areas of national sovereignty.’
    • ‘A 1967 United Nations resolution deems the universe and all heavenly bodies therein as ‘our common property which cannot be made national property’.’
    • ‘He wants to see the women's cooperative, which has already built a greenhouse on common property, succeed in selling their vegetables.’
    • ‘He also explores the circumstances in which the privatization of previously common property might be feasible and legitimate.’
    • ‘Fisheries and common land grazing are overexploited because they are either common property, or open access, owned by all.’
    • ‘The English incorporated Roman concepts of common property and public rights into both the Magna Charta and the English common law.’
    • ‘Under what conditions do people engage actively in building rights to common property and by so doing increase biodiversity?’
    • ‘Most grievous was the damage done when governments took over common property, causing the breakdown of sophisticated community-based regulations and institutions.’
    1. 1.1Something known by most people.
      ‘the general theory of climate change has now become common property’
      • ‘As the Times long ago put it, this duty is to obtain the earliest and most correct intelligence of the time, and instantly, by disclosing it, to make it the common property of the nation. comment is free, facts are sacred.’
      • ‘The intellectual creations of individual nations become common property.’
      • ‘Countries should create domestic laws that protect indigenous knowledge as the common property of the people, and as a national heritage.’
      • ‘By the 1790s, the story was ‘common property,’ and ‘anyone was at liberty to add new items of fact.’’
      • ‘In the aftermath of Clark's reconstruction of the intellectual universe of demonology we can see that most authors were taking positions within an extended debate, whose subject matter and arguments were more or less common property.’