used or shared in common by everyone in a group: a communal jug of wine.
of, by, or belonging to the people of a community; shared or participated in by the public: communal land; Building the playground was a communal project.
pertaining to a commune or a community: communal life.
engaged in by or involving two or more communities: communal conflict.
- com·mu·nal·ly, adverb
- in·ter·com·mu·nal, adjective
- non·com·mu·nal, adjective
- non·com·mu·nal·ly, adverb
- un·com·mu·nal, adjective
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How to use communal in a sentence
You might catch baby rats mischievously battling to figure out how to fight, or Komodo dragons sticking their heads into buckets to learn about communal feeding.
The large chains have introduced apps that turn your smartphone into a remote control to avoid touching communal buttons or screens.
This same complex communal response helped fuel the riots in Kenosha last week.Kenosha’s looting is a symptom of a decrepit democracy | Aaron Ross Coleman | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Food items for lunch and dinner are available from points on each floor at specified times and communal areas are cleaned every 15 minutes.‘Safe-space’ signs and which direction to face: At 30% capacity, how News UK is returning to the office | Lucinda Southern | August 13, 2020 | Digiday
So, first I’d have a talk with the renter and point out that – in a communal environment, especially in times of a public health crisis – everyone’s actions affect everyone else.A Philosopher Answers Everyday Moral Dilemmas In A Time Of Coronavirus | LGBTQ-Editor | April 15, 2020 | No Straight News
The remote controlled flying craft has gone from covert military ops to a communal backyard hobby.
It was about his art-making, but the communal life was based on erotic liberation.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl | Anthony Haden-Guest | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Elsewhere, the bi-communal separation continues, with fierce nationalists seemingly intent on cementing this divide.The Gaza War Has Left Jerusalem More Divided Than Ever | Peter Schwartzstein | August 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Contestants, huddled on the couches of a communal room, clutched their faces in shock and some broke into sobs.
Winters uses that cataclysmic event to examine the slow deterioration of communal life in the face of annihilation.
One important characteristic of the communal animals is that they become mentally specialized.
The hive bee, the most communal in habit, shows the highest traits of intelligent activity.
The social animals differ from the communal in that the individuality of the members is fully preserved.
The result of such a process of evolution in the case of the communal animals is a strict specialism.
While only in minor traits communal, they are eminently social, and have doubtless derived great advantage from this.
British Dictionary definitions for communal
belonging or relating to a community as a whole
relating to different groups within a society: communal strife
of or relating to a commune or a religious community
- communality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), noun
- communally, adverb
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