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collective

[kuh-lek-tiv]
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adjective
  1. formed by collection.
  2. forming a whole; combined: the collective assets of a corporation and its subsidiaries.
  3. of or characteristic of a group of individuals taken together: the collective wishes of the membership.
  4. organized according to the principles of collectivism: a collective farm.
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noun
  1. collective noun.
  2. a collective body; aggregate.
  3. a business, farm, etc., jointly owned and operated by the members of a group.
  4. a unit of organization or the organization in a collectivist system.
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Origin of collective

1400–50; late Middle English collectif (< Middle French) < Latin collēctīvus, equivalent to collēct(us) (past participle of colligere; see collect1) + -īvus -ive
Related formscol·lec·tive·ly, adverbnon·col·lec·tive, adjectivenon·col·lec·tive·ly, adverbun·col·lec·tive, adjectiveun·col·lec·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for non-collective

collective

adjective
  1. formed or assembled by collection
  2. forming a whole or aggregate
  3. of, done by, or characteristic of individuals acting in cooperation
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noun
    1. a cooperative enterprise or unit, such as a collective farm
    2. the members of such a cooperative
  1. short for collective noun
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Derived Formscollectively, adverbcollectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-collective

collective

adj.

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.

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