[koh-op-er-uh-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv, -op-uh-rey-tiv]
- working or acting together willingly for a common purpose or benefit.
- demonstrating a willingness to cooperate: The librarian was cooperative in helping us find the book.
- pertaining to economic cooperation: a cooperative business.
- involving or denoting an educational program comprising both classroom study and on-the-job or technical training, especially in colleges and universities.
- a jointly owned enterprise engaging in the production or distribution of goods or the supplying of services, operated by its members for their mutual benefit, typically organized by consumers or farmers.
- Also called co-op, cooperative apartment.
- a building owned and managed by a corporation in which shares are sold, entitling the shareholders to occupy individual units in the building.
- an apartment in such a building.Compare condominium(defs 1, 2).
Origin of cooperative
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Civilization simply could not tolerate an unhappy, uncooperative citizen.Fair and Warmer
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Because it is almost unknown country: there are indications that the heathen who occupy it are uncooperative.
They were nervous, irritable, disobedient, and uncooperative while they were there—and even they didn't know why.The Lani People
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And there was a sullen, uncooperative note in his voice, a jarring sound that made Larry uneasy and a little angry.Beyond the Door
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He had his mind set on a certain young lady who lived there, but up to this time she had been uncooperative.The Stronghold
- willing to cooperate; helpful
- acting in conjunction with others; cooperating
- (of an enterprise, farm, etc) owned collectively and managed for joint economic benefit
- (of an economy or economic activity) based on collective ownership and cooperative use of the means of production and distribution
- a cooperative organization
- Also called: cooperative apartment US a block of flats belonging to a corporation in which shares are owned in proportion to the relative value of the flat occupiedSometimes shortened to: coop Compare condominium (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for uncooperative
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