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[kol-ek-tiv-i-tee] /ˌkɒl ɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural collectivities.
collective character.
a collective whole.
the people collectively.
Origin of collectivity
First recorded in 1860-65; collective + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This Masonic convent has also decided that the means of production and exchange must be restituted to the collectivity.

    The Religious Persecution in France 1900-1906 Jane Milliken Napier Brodhead
  • That the collectivity shall benefit from the services of the servant, the nurse, the teacher—this is a modern ideal.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • For example, a teacher who had taught in the public schools often reverted to collectivity.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • The perfection of the collectivity cannot be that material and brutal solidarity which comes from mechanical organisation alone.

    The Montessori Method Maria Montessori
  • This is what is meant when society is described as a collectivity.

  • The minority has the power and uses it to satisfy its social wants as much as possible at the expense of the collectivity.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • They lacked those qualities of collectivity which characterized Rome and England.

  • An American playwright has indicated amusingly with what ingenuity we can create a collectivity.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • In the same way these particles of the rose-seed, each acting of itself, in their collectivity formed the rose-spirit.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • A collection of individuals is not always, and by the mere fact of its collectivity, a society.

British Dictionary definitions for collectivity


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being collective
a collective whole or aggregate
people regarded as a whole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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