communitarian

adjective
com·​mu·​ni·​tar·​i·​an | \kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈter-ē-ən \

Definition of communitarian 

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

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Other Words from communitarian

communitarian noun
communitarianism \kə-​ˌmyü-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm \ noun

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The Scandinavian farmers who settled there in the 1800s had brought with them a communitarian mind-set born of necessity. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won," 11 July 2018 Nonprofits are supposed to be nongovernmental, a communitarian response to big government and big business. Nives Dolšak, Washington Post, "The Oxfam scandal shows that, yes, nonprofits can behave badly. So why aren’t they overseen like for-profits?," 6 Mar. 2018 Some walking practices like those of Deriva Mussol (by Eva Marichalar-Freixa and Jordi Lafon in Catalonia), or Francis Alÿs, or the more communitarian approach of Walking Women point in the same direction. Smithsonian, "This 155-mile Hike Through the Pyrenees Merges Contemporary Art With Spain’s Stunning Landscapes," 23 June 2017 But many of us are now also facing the facts with despair, and here, neither tribal resentment nor communitarian enclosure will heal the soul. James Poulos, Orange County Register, "What we still have left to learn from Tocqueville," 18 Mar. 2017 Some walking practices like those of Deriva Mussol (by Eva Marichalar-Freixa and Jordi Lafon in Catalonia), or Francis Alÿs, or the more communitarian approach of Walking Women point in the same direction. Clara Gari, Smithsonian, "This 155-mile Hike Through the Pyrenees Merges Contemporary Art with Spain’s Stunning Landscapes," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of communitarian

1840, in the meaning defined above

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