Difference between a Commonwealth and a State?


A state is a country or a self-governing political body while a commonwealth state is a political unit having local autonomy but is freely united with the United States. In the U.S., there are fifty states; four out of the fifty states, namely Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, and Massachusetts, are officially called commonwealths.
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A state is defined as a political unit or territory forming part of a government or country, whereas a commonwealth is a group of sovereign states associated by choice and linked by a similar history, aims and interests.
Commonwealth meant an organized political community. What we today call a 'state. The term 'commonwealth' meant an organized political community what we today call a 'state.
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