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cooperation

[koh-op-uh-rey-shuh n] /koʊˌɒp əˈreɪ ʃən/
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
1620-1630
1620-30; (< Middle French) < Late Latin cooperātiōn- (stem of cooperātiō). See cooperate, -ion
Related forms
cooperationist, co-operationist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cooperationist

cooperation

/kəʊˌɒpəˈreɪʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
cooperationist, co-operationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for cooperationist

cooperation

n.

late 15c., from Middle French coopération, or directly from Late Latin cooperationem (nominative cooperatio) "a working together," noun of action from past participle stem of cooperari "to work together," from com- "with" (see com-) + operari "to work" (see operation).

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