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communal

[kuh-myoon-l, kom-yuh-nl] /kəˈmyun l, ˈkɒm yə nl/
adjective
1.
used or shared in common by everyone in a group:
a communal jug of wine.
2.
of, by, or belonging to the people of a community; shared or participated in by the public:
communal land; Building the playground was a communal project.
3.
pertaining to a commune or a community:
communal life.
4.
engaged in by or involving two or more communities:
communal conflict.
Origin of communal
1805-1815
1805-15; < French < Latin commūnālis, equivalent to commūn(e) commune3 + -ālis -al1
Related forms
communally, adverb
intercommunal, adjective
noncommunal, adjective
noncommunally, adverb
uncommunal, adjective
Synonyms
2. public, common, collective.
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communal

/ˈkɒmjʊnəl/
adjective
1.
belonging or relating to a community as a whole
2.
relating to different groups within a society: communal strife
3.
of or relating to a commune or a religious community
Derived Forms
communality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ) noun
communally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for communal
adj.

1811 in reference to communes; 1843 in reference to communities, from French communal (Old French comunal, 12c.), from Late Latin communalis, from communa (see commune (n.)).

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