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communal

[ kuh-myoon-l, kom-yuh-nl ]
/ kəˈmyun l, ˈkɒm yə nl /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of communal

First recorded in 1805–15; from French, from Latin commūnālis, equivalent to commūn(e) “community, state” + -ālis adjective suffix; see commune2, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for communal

communal
/ (ˈkɒmjʊnəl) /

adjective

belonging or relating to a community as a whole
relating to different groups within a societycommunal strife
of or relating to a commune or a religious community

Derived forms of communal

communality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), nouncommunally, adverb
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