or co-op·er·a·tive

[koh-op-er-uh-tiv, -op-ruh-tiv, -op-uh-rey-tiv]
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  1. working or acting together willingly for a common purpose or benefit.
  2. demonstrating a willingness to cooperate: The librarian was cooperative in helping us find the book.
  3. pertaining to economic cooperation: a cooperative business.
  4. involving or denoting an educational program comprising both classroom study and on-the-job or technical training, especially in colleges and universities.
  1. a jointly owned enterprise engaging in the production or distribution of goods or the supplying of services, operated by its members for their mutual benefit, typically organized by consumers or farmers.
  2. Also called co-op, cooperative apartment.
    1. a building owned and managed by a corporation in which shares are sold, entitling the shareholders to occupy individual units in the building.
    2. an apartment in such a building.Compare condominium(defs 1, 2).

Origin of cooperative

From the Late Latin word cooperātīvus, dating back to 1595–1605. See cooperate, -ive
Related formsco·op·er·a·tive·ly, co-op·er·a·tive·ly [koh-op-er-uh-tiv-lee, -op-ruh-tiv-, -op-uh-rey-tiv-] /koʊˈɒp ər ə tɪv li, -ˈɒp rə tɪv-, -ˈɒp əˌreɪ tɪv-/, adverbco·op·er·a·tive·ness, co-op·er·a·tive·ness, nounun·co·op·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·co·op·er·a·tive·ly, adverbun·co·op·er·a·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cooperatively

Historical Examples of cooperatively

  • Use them cooperatively, as they were meant to be used, in their respective sets—not as if you were a mental-physical unit.

    Certain Success

    Norval A. Hawkins

  • Wherefore the conference went on, quietly and cooperatively, to its planned end.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • One little group of seniors was especially busy, cooperatively busy one might say.

British Dictionary definitions for cooperatively



  1. willing to cooperate; helpful
  2. acting in conjunction with others; cooperating
    1. (of an enterprise, farm, etc) owned collectively and managed for joint economic benefit
    2. (of an economy or economic activity) based on collective ownership and cooperative use of the means of production and distribution
  1. a cooperative organization
  2. Also called: cooperative apartment US a block of flats belonging to a corporation in which shares are owned in proportion to the relative value of the flat occupiedSometimes shortened to: coop Compare condominium (def. 3)
Derived Formscooperatively or co-operatively, adverbcooperativeness or co-operativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cooperatively



also co-operative, c.1600, from Late Latin cooperat-, past participle stem of cooperari (see cooperation) + -ive. Political economy sense is from 1808, from the pre-Marx communist movement. The noun meaning "a cooperative store" is from 1883; meaning "a cooperative society" is from 1921.

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