collective

[kuh-lek-tiv]

adjective

noun


Origin of collective

1400–50; late Middle English collectif (< Middle French) < Latin collēctīvus, equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -īvus -ive
Related formscol·lec·tive·ly, adverbnon·col·lec·tive, adjectivenon·col·lec·tive·ly, adverbun·col·lec·tive, adjectiveun·col·lec·tive·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of collective

Historical Examples of collective

  • My friends at least will accept them as such, whether they like their collective title or not.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Collective nouns in Greek and English create a similar but lesser awkwardness.

  • The plan is, therefore, a development of the principle of collective bargaining.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Cyrus recognises the ideal principle of co-operation and collective ownership.

    Cyropaedia

    Xenophon

  • Take my word for it, the secret of success with "the collective wisdom" is reiteration.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever


British Dictionary definitions for collective

collective

adjective

formed or assembled by collection
forming a whole or aggregate
of, done by, or characteristic of individuals acting in cooperation

noun

  1. a cooperative enterprise or unit, such as a collective farm
  2. the members of such a cooperative
short for collective noun
Derived Formscollectively, adverbcollectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for collective
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French collectif, from Latin collectivus, from collectus (see collect). As a noun, short for collective farm (in the USSR) it dates from 1925. collective farm first attested 1919 in translations of Lenin. Collective bargaining coined 1891 by Beatrice Webb; defined in U.S. 1935 by the Wagner Act. Collective noun is recorded from 1510s; collective security first attested 1934 in speech by Winston Churchill.

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