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

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Other Words from communitarian

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

Examples of communitarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "From I to We," 17 Sep. 2020 Both democratic-egalitarian and communitarian ideas have a rich lineage in left-of-center thought. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 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, "Europe’s long vacation flight home," 29 Aug. 2019 As scientists began to appreciate the importance of microbe-plant partnerships, at least in outline, many came to see the natural world as a cooperative, even communitarian kind of place. Quanta Magazine, "Soil’s Microbial Market Shows the Ruthless Side of Forests," 27 Aug. 2019 This kind of engaged piety, turning religious conviction into communitarian action, is widely seen as one of the most important progressive innovations of the Catholic Church in Latin America. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?," 25 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of communitarian

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Communitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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