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.
- com·mu·nal·ly, adverb
- in·ter·com·mu·nal, adjective
- non·com·mu·nal, adjective
- non·com·mu·nal·ly, adverb
- un·com·mu·nal, adjective
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How to use communal in a sentence
The non-communal social animals, on the contrary, are not thus restricted.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
British Dictionary definitions for communal
belonging or relating to a community as a whole
relating to different groups within a society: communal strife
of or relating to a commune or a religious community
- communality (ˌkɒmjʊˈnælɪtɪ), noun
- communally, adverb
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