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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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  • collectively, they are commendable, especially those located in country places, away from scenes of dissipation and profligacy.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • "This is the famous Hughes Junior," said David, introducing him to them collectively.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • collectively they constitute, for consultation, the general manager's staff.

  • Therefore, it is of no value to say we were collectively hypnotized.

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
  • In her deep heart the whole bunch of boys had a place; singly and collectively.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
British Dictionary definitions for collectively

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 collectively

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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