com·​mu·​ni·​tar·​i·​an | \ kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce communitarian (audio) \

Definition of communitarian

: of or relating to social organization in small cooperative partially collectivist communities

Other Words from communitarian

communitarian noun
communitarianism \ kə-​ˌmyü-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce communitarian (audio) \ noun

Examples of communitarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At that point, Emerson was dallying with communitarian ideals, and doubtless found the idea of a house guest more palatable than carting manure at the nearby utopian compound of Brook Farm. James Marcus, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Utopian religious sects like the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Amana Colonies combined handcraft, communitarian economics, and piety. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Europeans had more rights, but adopted them in a more communitarian spirit, reconciling them with other commitments. Samuel Moyn, The New Republic, 9 Mar. 2021 In a misguided, contrarian reading of Capra’s communitarian masterpiece, Deneen asserts that George Bailey, its hero, is actually a villain. Jack Butler, National Review, 25 Dec. 2020 The communitarian-curious among U.K. conservatives are at risk of losing their connection with the public. Charlie Peters, National Review, 30 Dec. 2020 So exactly what happened in the ’60s to turn the tide away from a longstanding communitarian ethos generated by the Progressives that had endured for 60 to 70 years, toward a mean and self-centered one? Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2020 Both democratic-egalitarian and communitarian ideas have a rich lineage in left-of-center thought. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 25 May 2020 Hilly or mountainous regions with small livestock holdings, like Ireland and the Basque country, often tend towards more communitarian political traditions. The Economist, 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of communitarian

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Communitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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