- 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.
Origin of communal
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Examples from the Web for non-communal
The non-communal social animals, on the contrary, are not thus restricted.Man And His Ancestor
- 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
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Word Origin and History for non-communal
1811 in reference to communes; 1843 in reference to communities, from French communal (Old French comunal, 12c.), from Late Latin communalis, from communa (see commune (n.)).
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