Definition of Collective

1. Noun. Members of a cooperative enterprise.

Generic synonyms: Enterprise
Specialized synonyms: Collective Farm
Derivative terms: Collectivise, Collectivize

2. Adjective. Done by or characteristic of individuals acting together. "The corporate good"
Exact synonyms: Corporate
Similar to: Joint

3. Adjective. Forming a whole or aggregate.

4. Adjective. Set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government. "Collective farms"
Similar to: Socialist, Socialistic

Definition of Collective

1. a. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.

2. n. A collective noun or name.

Definition of Collective

1. Adjective. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation. ¹

2. Adjective. (obsolete) : Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring. ¹

3. Adjective. (grammar): Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc. ¹

4. Adjective. Tending to collect; forming a collection. ¹

5. Adjective. Having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note. ¹

6. Noun. A farm owned by a collection of people. ¹

7. Noun. (grammar) A collective noun or name. ¹

8. Noun. (by extension) A group dedicated to a particular cause or interest. ¹

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Definition of Collective

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Collective

collecting societies
collecting society
collecting tubule
collection plate
collection society
collective (current term)
collective-group name
collective agreement
collective bargaining
collective call sign
collective farm
collective group
collective investment scheme
collective investment schemes
collective noun
collective nouns
collective number
collective numbers
collective numeral
collective numerals

Literary usage of Collective

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Canada 2002by Wayne C. Thompson by Wayne C. Thompson (2003)
"Every province and territory has been covered in depth in order to produce the most complete travel guide."

2. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"BOOK ni BESIDES these complex ideas of several single substances, as of man, horse, gold, violet, apple, &c., the mind hath also complex collective ideas of ..."

3. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1895)
"(SECOND collective REPORT.) BY THOMAS J. MAYS, AM, MD [Read October 9, 1895.] IN the Medical ]fews of June 24,1894,1 presented a collection1 of fifty cases ..."

4. A Brief French Course in Conformity with the Laws of Syntax Promulgated by (1901)
"Although some nouns are used in the singular, they represent more than one person or thing and, for this reason, are called collective nouns. ..."

5. The Combined Spanish Method: A New Practical and Theoretical System of by Alberto de Tornos (1869)
"collective nouns, in the singular, generally agree with verbs in the singular number ; but when the collective noun is taken in its most extended sense, ..."

6. Oecd Economic Surveys 2006: Luxembourg by Oecd (2006)
"As for collective dismissals, Luxembourg's corporatist labour market structure is mirrored by a very strict approach to collective lay-offs. ..."

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