AskDefine | Define collective

Dictionary Definition

collective adj
1 done by or characteristic of individuals acting together; "a joint identity"; "the collective mind"; "the corporate good" [syn: corporate]
2 forming a whole or aggregate [ant: distributive]
3 set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government; "collective farms" n : members of a cooperative enterprise

User Contributed Dictionary



collectivus: confer collectif.


  1. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.
  2. : Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring.
  3. : 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.


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  1. A farm owned by a collection of people.
  2. A collective noun or name.

See also

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




  1. feminine form of collectif
    Après une belle action collective, l'équipe a enfin marqué un but.

Extensive Definition

A collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives are also characterised by attempts to share and exercise political and social power and to make decisions on a consensus-driven and egalitarian basis. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving (but can be that as well).
A commune or intentional community, which may also be known as a "collective household", is a group of people who live together in some kind of dwelling or residence, or in some other arrangement (eg. sharing land). Collective households may be organized for a specific purpose (eg. relating to business, parenting, or some other shared interest).
Collective consciousness is a term created by French social theorist Émile Durkheim that describes how an entire community comes together to share similar values.
The term collective is sometimes used to describe a species as a whole, for example the human collective.

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collective in Danish: Kollektiv
collective in German: Kollektiv
collective in Spanish: Colectivo
collective in Serbian: Колектив
collective in Swedish: Kollektiv
collective in Vietnamese: Tập thể
collective in Yiddish: קאלעקטיוו

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