collectivism

noun col·lec·tiv·ism \ kə-ˈlek-ti-ˌvi-zəm \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

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

collectivist

play \kə-ˈlek-ti-vist\ adjective or noun

collectivistic

play \kə-ˌlek-ti-ˈvi-stik\ adjective

collectivistically

play \kə-ˌlek-ti-ˈvi-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of collectivism

1857

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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


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