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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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Examples from the web for collectivist
  • And she's set her entire collectivist cult against you.
  • Crops such as rice and corn were raised on collectivist farms, then doled out by the state.
  • In some collectivist cultures, in fact, time urgency is not only deemphasized but treated with downright hostility.
  • Such critics express their wish for the supposed higher morality of collectivist forms of government.
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
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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).

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