col·​lec·​tiv·​i·​ty kə-ˌlek-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce collectivity (audio)
plural collectivities
: the quality or state of being collective
: a collective whole
especially : the people as a body

Examples of collectivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conducting is the physical embodiment of collaboration: the conductor, fully subsumed to the collectivity of the orchestra and intensely focussed on the score, makes no noise. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 5 Sep. 2023 Trust is also threatened by mass personalization, because it is only formed in collectivity. Hossein Derakhshan, WIRED, 21 July 2023 Emergency planners should encourage collectivity, not fear it. John Drury, Scientific American, 1 Nov. 2010 Its success is grounded in humanity, collectivity, and agility that enables adaptation. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 Speed becomes an expression of collectivity. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Merve: The other thing to just consider is that on many dimensions, children’s book authors are thinking about and are asking children themselves to think about things like suffering, compassion, inequality, collectivity. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2023 My working theory is that viewers have been starved for the collectivity and community of the festival, and are eager to once again feel like a participant in an experience rather than a solo culture fan. Natalia Winkelman,, 25 Jan. 2023 Hayakawa wants to remind us of our humanity, our need for collectivity and community, and to stop us from allowing our political leaders to reduce us to a number on a spreadsheet. Vulture, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History


collective entry 1 + -ity

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of collectivity was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Collectivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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