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[kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uh m] /kəˈlɛk təˌvɪz əm/
the political principle of centralized social and economic control, especially of all means of production.
Origin of collectivism
1875-80; < French collectivisme; see collective, -ism
Related forms
collectivist, noun, adjective
collectivistic, adjective
collectivistically, adverb
noncollectivistic, adjective
procollectivism, noun
procollectivist, adjective, noun
procollectivistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • I took considerable interest in the Abbaye de Creteil, which was a collectivist experiment of this kind.

  • No man can be a collectivist alone or an individualist alone.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem Winston Spencer Churchill
  • He was still new to these modern developments of collectivist ideas, this socialism of the employer.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • The Bishop is not a collectivist, but he has great sympathy with some of the aims of Socialism.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • Nevertheless De Pæpe's collectivist proposal was accepted by fifty-four (or fifty-three) votes to four.

    Anarchism E. V. Zenker
  • Yet the public advantages of collectivist activities in certain particular directions cannot for a moment be denied.

    Twentieth Century Inventions George Sutherland
  • Obviously, idleness is, under a collectivist government, a most dangerous offence.

    The Woman Who Vowed Ellison Harding
  • Neither will they fail to tell us that the collectivist scale of wages would be an improvement.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
British Dictionary definitions for collectivist


the principle of ownership of the means of production, by the state or the people
a social system based on this principle
Derived Forms
collectivist, noun
collectivistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for collectivist



1880, in socialist theory, from collective + -ism. Related: Collectivist (1882 as both noun and adjective); collectivization (1890).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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