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Meaning of collective by Wiktionary Dictionary

collective


    Etymology

    From Latin collectivus < collectus, past participle of colligere ( “to collect” ) < com- ( “together” ) + legere ( “to gather” ). Compare French collectif .

    Adjective

    collective ( not comparable )

    1. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation .
    2. ( obsolete ): Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring .
    3. ( grammar ): Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc .
    4. Tending to collect; forming a collection .
      Local is his throne . . . to fix a point, A central point, collective of his sons. -Young .
    5. Having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note .

    Derived terms

    Noun

    collective ( plural: collectives )

    1. A farm owned by a collection of people .
    2. ( grammar ) A collective noun or name .
    3. ( by extension ) A group dedicated to a particular cause or interest.

    See also

    See also

    • collective in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • collective in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • collective at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of collective by Wordnet Dictionary

collective


    Adjective
    1. set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government

    2. collective farms
    3. forming a whole or aggregate

    4. done by or characteristic of individuals acting together

    5. the collective mind
    Noun
    1. members of a cooperative enterprise



    Definition of collective by GCIDE Dictionary

    collective


    1. Collective a. [L. collectivus: cf. F. collectif.]
      1. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, “the collective body of a nation”. Bp. Hoadley.

      2. Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring. [Obs.] “Critical and collective reason.” Sir T. Browne.

      3. ( Gram. ) Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, “a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc.”

      4. Tending to collect; forming a collection.

      Local is his throne . . . to fix a point,

      A central point, collective of his sons. Young.

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

      Collective fruit ( Bot. ), that which is formed from a mass of flowers, as the mulberry, pineapple, and the like; -- called also multiple fruit. Gray.

    2. Collective, n. ( Gram. ) A collective noun or name.