Definitions for Collective
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Collective.
members of a cooperative enterprise
done by or characteristic of individuals acting together
"a joint identity"; "the collective mind"; "the corporate good"
forming a whole or aggregate
set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government
A farm owned by a collection of people.
A collective noun or name.
A group dedicated to a particular cause or interest.
Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.
Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring.
Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc.
Tending to collect; forming a collection.
Local is his throne . . . to fix a point, A central point, collective of his sons. -Young.
Having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from collect, collectif, French.
A body collective, because it containeth a huge multitude. Richard Hooker, b. iii. sect. 81.
The three forms of government differ only by the civil administration being in the hands of one or two, called kings, in a senate called the nobles, or in the people collective or representative, who may be called the commons. Jonathan Swift.
The difference between a compound and a collective idea is, that a compound idea unites things of a different kind; but a collective idea, things of the same. Isaac Watts, Logick.
Antiquity left unto us many falsities, controulable not only by critical and collective reason, but contrary observations. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 6.
A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together to achieve a common objective. Collectives can differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving, but can be that as well. The term "collective" is sometimes used to describe a species as a whole—for example, the human collective. For political purposes, a collective is defined by decentralized, or "majority-rules" decision making styles.
Collective is a term used to describe a group of individuals or entities that act together as a whole or share a common interest or purpose. This group may be unstructured or structured in nature. It can refer to organizations, cooperatives, associations, societies, or simply informal groupings of people. In the broader sense, it may also encompass collective behaviors, actions, ideas, or responsibility in both social and political contexts.
formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation
deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring
expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc
tending to collect; forming a collection
having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note
a collective noun or name
Etymology: [L. collectivus: cf. F. collectif.]
A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project to achieve a common objective. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving. There may be some issues with meaningfully describing the qualities of a collective.
A group focused on a specific cause or effort.
The collective group of people working together solve things easily.
Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020
A group forming a whole.
The collective voice was expressed at the general election.
Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020
Humanity, universal beings, animals and other living organisms creating and existing as an intelligent group.
We are a united, organized, intelligent, passionate, motivated and determined collective.
Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020
The consciousness of a group of people or animals focused on a specific cause or effort.
The collective consciousness of politics is of unity, solidarity, cohesion and the creation of optimum health, human rights, shared prosperity, unity government for all .
Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'Collective' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3903
Rank popularity for the word 'Collective' in Adjectives Frequency: #527
The numerical value of Collective in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Collective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
In the midst of our collective grief, I pray we avoid criminalizing or casting collective blame on entire communities for the actions committed by one or even a small number of individuals.
Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions.
Our people don't want to be registered with Danish unions because the Danish collective agreement -- which has been such a success on world-leading Danish airlines like Cimber Air, Sterling, Maersk, all of whom bestride the aviation globe as international colossi -- would require us to cut their pay, our pay is higher than the Danish collective agreement, but we would have to then pay for things like their underwear -- they have an underwear allowance because that's what's in the Danish collective agreement -- and, frankly, our pilots and cabin crew would rather buy their own knickers as long as we pay them more money.
If you demand the collective to pay for your medical expenses, then be prepared for the collective to demand to make your medical decisions for you.
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