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collectivism

[kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uh m] /kəˈlɛk təˌvɪz əm/
noun
1.
the political principle of centralized social and economic control, especially of all means of production.
Origin of collectivism
1875-1880
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
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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

collectivism

/kəˈlɛktɪˌvɪzəm/
noun
1.
the principle of ownership of the means of production, by the state or the people
2.
a social system based on this principle
Derived Forms
collectivist, noun
collectivistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for collectivist

collectivism

n.

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

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