- formed by collection.
- forming a whole; combined: the collective assets of a corporation and its subsidiaries.
- of or characteristic of a group of individuals taken together: the collective wishes of the membership.
- organized according to the principles of collectivism: a collective farm.
- collective noun.
- a collective body; aggregate.
- a business, farm, etc., jointly owned and operated by the members of a group.
- a unit of organization or the organization in a collectivist system.
Origin of collective
- formed or assembled by collection
- forming a whole or aggregate
- of, done by, or characteristic of individuals acting in cooperation
- a cooperative enterprise or unit, such as a collective farm
- the members of such a cooperative
- short for collective noun
early 15c., from Middle French collectif, from Latin collectivus, from collectus (see collect). As a noun, short for collective farm (in the USSR) it dates from 1925. collective farm first attested 1919 in translations of Lenin. Collective bargaining coined 1891 by Beatrice Webb; defined in U.S. 1935 by the Wagner Act. Collective noun is recorded from 1510s; collective security first attested 1934 in speech by Winston Churchill.