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Definition of "collective" []

  • Assembled into or viewed as a whole. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision. (adjective)
  • An undertaking, such as a business operation, set up on the principles or system of collectivism. (noun)
  • Grammar A collective noun. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "collective" in a sentence
  • "Ayers uses the word collective more often and in more ways than even Marx did."
  • "So to my friends who hate collective purchasing and I use the word collective to spur them to action, it is incumbent upon you to find a solution that will allow the individual consumer to have the security and access to the same level of health care that can be gotten through some form of insurance."
  • "The term collective will be used to describe the conception of a group right as a shared or joint right, since it conceives a right-holding group as a “collection” of individuals, albeit a collection that is bound together in a way that enables them to hold their right collectively."