col·​lec·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ kə-ˌlek-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce collectivity (audio) , ˌkä- \
plural collectivities

Definition of collectivity

1 : the quality or state of being collective
2 : a collective whole especially : the people as a body

Examples of collectivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Love Island's contradictory appeals are its escapism and its collectivity. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Why You Should Watch Love Island, the British Reality Dating Show With a New Episode Every Day," 6 July 2018 Moments of individual skill are still in abundance but there is not enough collectivity. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Brazil is no longer the class of world soccer," 6 July 2018 In the late 1990s, France finally gave in to the pressure and decided to dismantle its testing site at the atoll of Mururoa in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity that is composed of more than 100 islands in the South Pacific. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Shutting down North Korea’s test site is not as easy as it looks. Ask France, Britain and the U.S.," 24 May 2018 That vision of collectivity is precisely what inspires and drives Tome CEO Jake Sigal. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Can Ford and Trek Save Cyclists' Lives?," 16 May 2018 Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico - January 2018W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island - December 2018 The tiny French oversees collectivity was hit hard by Hurricane Irma on September 6. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Caribbean Post-Hurricane Report: What's Open, What's Not," 26 Oct. 2017 There's been no official word as to whether the overseas collectivity of France will be ready for cruise tourists by then. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Is your Caribbean cruise destination still open? A port-by-port look after Irma, Maria," 21 Sep. 2017 The 87-square kilometer island is split roughly in half by the French overseas collectivity of St. Martin, and St. Maarten, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. James Griffiths, CNN, "16 million in Hurricane Irma's path as it barrels through Caribbean," 7 Sep. 2017 The Legion reflected the anti-individualism and emphasis on the collectivity often found in sociopolitical movements in Eastern Orthodox societies, and it has even been termed a kind of heretical Christian sect. Stanley G. Payne, Slate Magazine, "“A Unique Death Cult”," 21 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of collectivity

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Collectivity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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