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[kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uh m] /kəˈlɛk təˌvɪz əm/
the political principle of centralized social and economic control, especially of all means of production.
Origin of collectivism
1875-80; < French collectivisme; see collective, -ism
Related forms
collectivist, noun, adjective
collectivistic, adjective
collectivistically, adverb
noncollectivistic, adjective
procollectivism, noun
procollectivist, adjective, noun
procollectivistic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Communism, Socialism abolish private property and push us back into collectivism.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • In fact, all its demands may be reduced to two—collectivism and Democracy.

    Socialism: Positive and Negative Robert Rives La Monte
  • Now, what provision is made for generating the motor power of progress in collectivism?

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • The intolerable bureaucracy of collectivism is wholly an imaginary evil.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • The movement is divided into two main branches—socialism proper, or collectivism, as it is sometimes called, and anarchism.

  • But not one of the elements of this collectivism is a novelty.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
British Dictionary definitions for collectivism


the principle of ownership of the means of production, by the state or the people
a social system based on this principle
Derived Forms
collectivist, noun
collectivistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for collectivism

1880, in socialist theory, from collective + -ism. Related: Collectivist (1882 as both noun and adjective); collectivization (1890).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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