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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcommonplacecom‧mon‧place1 /ˈkɒmənpleɪs $ ˈkɑː-/ ●○○ adjective  COMMONhappening or existing in many places, and therefore not special or unusual Car thefts are commonplace in this part of town.see thesaurus at common
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commonplaceJudicial review of administrative decisions by central or local government and certain other bodies is now commonplace.Of course, stories of ex-smokers drifting back to the fold are commonplace.It used to be rare to see young people sleeping on the streets of London -- these days it's become increasingly commonplace.Organ transplants are now commonplace.Divorce was commonplace among the Gentiles.He expects widespread usage of computer technology to be commonplace before that time.Superstores such as Wal-Mart are now commonplace in America's small towns.Nudism on beaches has long been commonplace in Europe.Expensive foreign cars are commonplace in this Chicago suburb.As segregation and violence became commonplace, the national government expressed no willingness to enforce a new racial order.It's unspeakably commonplace to follow one's instincts.
commonplacecommonplace2 noun [countable usually singular]  1 COMMONsomething that happens or exists in many places, so that it is not unusual Women’s groups have become a commonplace.2 something that has been said so often that it is no longer interesting or original3 the commonplace
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commonplaceHowever, the fact that such quasi-duties are a commonplace does not, of itself, advance the cause of animals.One-parent families are now a commonplace in our society.Many of his utterances were, however, sermon commonplaces, to which parallels can be found in other contemporary preaching.The constant references to Hammett, Chandler and Casablanca, supposed to be chic, are simply commonplaces.
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