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[kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uh m]
  1. the political principle of centralized social and economic control, especially of all means of production.
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Origin of collectivism

1875–80; < French collectivisme; see collective, -ism
Related formscol·lec·tiv·ist, noun, adjectivecol·lec·tiv·is·tic, adjectivecol·lec·tiv·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·col·lec·tiv·is·tic, adjectivepro·col·lec·tiv·ism, nounpro·col·lec·tiv·ist, adjective, nounpro·col·lec·tiv·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for collectivist

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Historical Examples

  • No man can be a collectivist alone or an individualist alone.

    Liberalism and the Social Problem

    Winston Spencer Churchill

  • The Bishop is not a Collectivist, but he has great sympathy with some of the aims of Socialism.

    Outspoken Essays

    William Ralph Inge

  • Substantially the same difficulties would confront the government in a collectivist organisation of industry.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan

  • Nevertheless De Pæpe's Collectivist proposal was accepted by fifty-four (or fifty-three) votes to four.


    E. V. Zenker

  • Yet the public advantages of collectivist activities in certain particular directions cannot for a moment be denied.

British Dictionary definitions for collectivist


  1. the principle of ownership of the means of production, by the state or the people
  2. a social system based on this principle
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Derived Formscollectivist, nouncollectivistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for collectivist



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

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