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collective

[kuh-lek-tiv] /kəˈlɛk tɪv/
adjective
1.
formed by collection.
2.
forming a whole; combined:
the collective assets of a corporation and its subsidiaries.
3.
of or characteristic of a group of individuals taken together:
the collective wishes of the membership.
4.
organized according to the principles of collectivism:
a collective farm.
noun
6.
a collective body; aggregate.
7.
a business, farm, etc., jointly owned and operated by the members of a group.
8.
a unit of organization or the organization in a collectivist system.
Origin of collective
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English collectif (< Middle French) < Latin collēctīvus, equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
collectively, adverb
noncollective, adjective
noncollectively, adverb
uncollective, adjective
uncollectively, adverb
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  • I knew them but by that collective and unpractical—many persons would have said that frivolous—name; which saw me little further.

  • My friends at least will accept them as such, whether they like their collective title or not.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • But even apart from the possibility of a corrupt boss there is still a wide gap between the collective and the socialized agency.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • collective nouns in Greek and English create a similar but lesser awkwardness.

    Charmides Plato
  • Philosophic heads must occupy themselves one day with the collective account of antiquity and make up its balance-sheet.

    We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18) Friedrich Nietzsche
British Dictionary definitions for collective

collective

/kəˈlɛktɪv/
adjective
1.
formed or assembled by collection
2.
forming a whole or aggregate
3.
of, done by, or characteristic of individuals acting in cooperation
noun
4.
  1. a cooperative enterprise or unit, such as a collective farm
  2. the members of such a cooperative
5.
short for collective noun
Derived Forms
collectively, adverb
collectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for collective
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French collectif, from Latin collectivus, from collectus (see collect). As a noun, short for collective farm (in the USSR) it dates from 1925. collective farm first attested 1919 in translations of Lenin. Collective bargaining coined 1891 by Beatrice Webb; defined in U.S. 1935 by the Wagner Act. Collective noun is recorded from 1510s; collective security first attested 1934 in speech by Winston Churchill.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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