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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 collectivistic

Historical Examples of collectivistic

  • A content is collectivistic whose developing tendency aims at universal validity.

    Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology

    C. G. Jung

  • What Fascism does not countenance is the collectivistic solution proposed by the Socialists.

  • Society may be regarded at the same time from an individualistic and a collectivistic point of view.

British Dictionary definitions for collectivistic


  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 collectivistic



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

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