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collective

[ kuh-lek-tiv ]
/ kəˈlɛk tɪv /
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adjective
noun
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Origin of collective

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English collectif (from Middle French ), from Latin collēctīvus, equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -īvus -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM collective

col·lec·tive·ly, adverbnon·col·lec·tive, adjectiveun·col·lec·tive, adjective
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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 forms of collective

collectively, adverbcollectiveness, noun
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