Definition of collectivism
1 : a political or economic theory advocating collective control especially over production and distribution; also : a system marked by such control
2 : emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity
collectivistplay \kə-ˈlek-ti-vist\ adjective or noun
collectivisticplay \kə-ˌlek-ti-ˈvi-stik\ adjective
collectivisticallyplay \kə-ˌlek-ti-ˈvi-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of collectivism from the Web
This fight between collectivism and individualism, the rights of the worker and the rights of the owner, have been part of America since the country’s founding, Bailey says.
Unlike the U.S., the Netherlands is a country built on consensus and collectivism.
Collectivism is the belief that everything produced really belongs to everybody, and the government’s job is to distribute it fairly.
The festival orchestra concert, in its own way, offered testimony to the communal benefits of collectivism.
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COLLECTIVISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of collectivism for English Language Learners
: a political or economic system in which the government owns businesses, land, etc.
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