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collective

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adjective col·lec·tive \kə-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of collective

  1. 1 :  denoting a number of persons or things considered as one group or whole flock is a collective word

  2. 2a :  formed by collecting :  aggregatedb of a fruit :  multiple

  3. 3a :  of, relating to, or being a group of individualsb :  involving all members of a group as distinct from its individuals a collective action

  4. 4 :  marked by similarity among or with the members of a group the collective interests of the town

  5. 5 :  collectivized or characterized by collectivism collective farming collective communities

  6. 6 :  shared or assumed by all members of the group collective responsibility the collective opinion of the staff collective guilt

collectively

adverb

Examples of collective in a Sentence

  1. We made a collective decision to go on strike.

  2. The incident became part of our collective memory.

  3. the collective wisdom of generations

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Origin and Etymology of collective

see 2collect

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collective

noun col·lec·tive

Definition of collective

  1. 1 :  a collective body :  group a social collective

  2. 2 :  a cooperative unit or organization; specifically :  collective farm

  3. 3 :  a helicopter control system governing lift

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Origin and Etymology of collective

see 2collect



COLLECTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

collective

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adjective

Definition of collective for English Language Learners

  • : shared or done by a group of people : involving all members of a group

collective

noun

Definition of collective for English Language Learners

  • : a business or organization that is owned by the people who work there; also : the people who own such a business or organization


COLLECTIVE Defined for Kids

collective

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adjective col·lec·tive \kə-ˈlek-tiv\

Definition of collective for Students

  1. 1 :  having to do with a number of persons or things thought of as a whole collective nouns

  2. 2 :  done or shared by a number of persons as a group Neighbors made a collective effort to pick up litter.

collectively

adverb

Law Dictionary

collective

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adjective col·lec·tive \kə-ˈlek-tiv\

Legal Definition of collective

  1. :  involving all members of a group as distinct from individual members

collectively

adverb


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