[kuh-myoon-l, kom-yuh-nl]
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  1. used or shared in common by everyone in a group: a communal jug of wine.
  2. 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.
  3. pertaining to a commune or a community: communal life.
  4. engaged in by or involving two or more communities: communal conflict.

Origin of communal

1805–15; < French < Latin commūnālis, equivalent to commūn(e) commune3 + -ālis -al1
Related formscom·mu·nal·ly, adverbin·ter·com·mu·nal, adjectivenon·com·mu·nal, adjectivenon·com·mu·nal·ly, adverbun·com·mu·nal, adjective

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  1. belonging or relating to a community as a whole
  2. relating to different groups within a societycommunal strife
  3. of or relating to a commune or a religious community
Derived Formscommunality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), nouncommunally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for communally



1811 in reference to communes; 1843 in reference to communities, from French communal (Old French comunal, 12c.), from Late Latin communalis, from communa (see commune (n.)).

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