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collective

[ kuh-lek-tiv ]
/ kəˈlɛk tɪv /
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adjective

noun

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collecting tubule, collection, collection agency, collection box, collection plate, collective, collective agreement, collective bargaining, collective behavior, collective farm, collective fruit

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
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British Dictionary definitions for collective

collective

/ (kəˈlɛktɪv) /

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

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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