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  • From Late Middle English communite, borrowed from Old French communité, comunité, comunete (modern French communauté), from Classical Latin commūnitās ("community; public spirit"), from commūnis + -itās (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *-teh₂ts ("suffix forming nouns indicating a state of being")). Commūnis is derived from con- (from cum, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóm ("along, at, next to, with")) + mūnus (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *mey- ("to change, exchange")). Ostenibly equivalent to commune + -ity. communitas.

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