collectivism

[kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uh m]

noun

the political principle of centralized social and economic control, especially of all means of production.

Nearby words

  1. collective pitch lever,
  2. collective security,
  3. collective unconscious,
  4. collectively,
  5. collectivise,
  6. collectivist,
  7. collectivity,
  8. collectivize,
  9. collector,
  10. collector electrode

Origin of collectivism

1875–80; < French collectivisme; see collective, -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for collectivism

collectivism

noun

the principle of ownership of the means of production, by the state or the people
a social system based on this principle
Derived Formscollectivist, nouncollectivistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for collectivism

collectivism

n.

1880, in socialist theory, from collective + -ism. Related: Collectivist (1882 as both noun and adjective); collectivization (1890).

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