col·​lec·​tiv·​ism | \ kə-ˈlek-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \

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

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Other Words from collectivism

collectivist \ kə-​ˈlek-​ti-​vist How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \ adjective or noun
collectivistic \ kə-​ˌlek-​ti-​ˈvi-​stik How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \ adjective
collectivistically \ kə-​ˌlek-​ti-​ˈvi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of collectivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, collectivism, community, and progressive thinking is the way forward, and considering the whole comes ahead of individual ambitions. Janelle Belgrave,, "Your Money Horoscope For 2021 Is Here," 12 Jan. 2021 In a heartening demonstration of interstate collectivism, Maryland and Virginia are each sending 8,000 vaccine doses, more than tripling the amount available for health care workers in the nation's capital. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on Covid vaccine distribution and second stimulus checks," 19 Dec. 2020 Individualism has to have a very bad day to catch up to the toxicity of a good day for collectivism. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Culture feedback: From Dave Chappelle to Alex Trebek, a week of post-election highs and lows," 12 Nov. 2020 The individualism of testing opponents collides with the collectivism that health officials say is needed to get the virus under control. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Some Utahns refuse to get tested for COVID-19 — including a state lawmaker. Health officials are worried.," 12 Oct. 2020 Why would someone whose campaign stemmed the scourge of collectivism co-sign a 110-page Menshevik-Bolshevik Unity Pact? David Harsanyi, National Review, "Joe Biden Is Just an Idea," 1 Oct. 2020 Social distancing matters, but so do testing capacity, population density, age structure, wealth, societal collectivism, and luck. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "We Live in a Patchwork Pandemic Now," 20 May 2020 Apologizing seems to be less of a problem in cultures with stronger norms of collectivism or politeness. Adam Grant, New York Times, "How Not to Apologize in Quarantine," 8 May 2020 But in places without those means, collectivism is often the order of the day. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Helping the helpers in your life has never been more important," 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of collectivism

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Collectivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of collectivism

: a political or economic system in which the government owns businesses, land, etc.

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