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 This kind of local collectivity feels increasingly hard to find — steadily replaced, in media, by national coverage of national controversies. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2022 Split in two, the northern part of the island is an overseas collectivity of France, while the southern part, named Sint Maarten, is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Nicola Chilton, CNN, 18 Feb. 2022 The island, an overseas collectivity of France with a year-round population of 10,000, is best known as an escape for bold names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwen Stefani, and Beyoncé. Globe Staff,, 28 Jan. 2022 Everything afterward, from the cinematic grammar breaking of Speed Racer to the radical collectivity of Sense8 can be seen as more steps along that road. Emily Yoshida, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 The result is a somatic landscape that seeks to cultivate a sense of collectivity during a distressingly isolating and disjointed time. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Many of the biggest trends seen throughout six days of shows were excavated from the 1990s -- a decade that's become a fashion perennial -- while a crop of newer labels founded on principles of sustainability and collectivity looked to the future. CNN, 29 June 2021 This collectivity may in fact make alleviating anxiety easier, since the common experience can be used as a way for employees to come together to help each other. Ira Bedzow, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Sint Maarten shares an island with the French collectivity of Saint-Martin. CNN, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of collectivity

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collectivity

collective entry 1 + -ity

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“Collectivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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