cooperation

[koh-op-uh-rey-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit; joint action.
2.
more or less active assistance from a person, organization, etc.: We sought the cooperation of various civic leaders.
3.
willingness to cooperate: to indicate cooperation.
4.
Economics. the combination of persons for purposes of production, purchase, or distribution for their joint benefit: producers' cooperation; consumers' cooperation.
5.
Sociology. activity shared for mutual benefit.
6.
Ecology. mutually beneficial interaction among organisms living in a limited area.
Also, co-operation.


Origin:
1620–30; (< Middle French) < Late Latin cooperātiōn- (stem of cooperātiō). See cooperate, -ion

cooperationist, co-operationist, noun
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cooperation or co-operation (kəʊˌɒpəˈreɪʃən)
 
n
1.  joint operation or action
2.  assistance or willingness to assist
3.  economics the combination of consumers, workers, farmers, etc, in activities usually embracing production, distribution, or trade
4.  ecology beneficial but inessential interaction between two species in a community
 
co-operation or co-operation
 
n
 
cooper'ationist or co-operation
 
n
 
co-oper'ationist or co-operation
 
n

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cooperation
late 14c., from L.L. cooperationem "a working together," from cooperari "to work together," from com- "with" + operari "to work" (see operation).
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Example sentences
The result of their cooperation is a decidedly mixed affair.
And the result, often enough, is economic or political cooperation as well as
  the expansion of the moral circle.
Internal state power is sustained by external cooperation.
Globalization entails more interdependence, and interdependence requires
  cooperation.
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