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definition of the word collective

by the Wiktionnary

Latin collectivus: confer French collectif.

collective (not comparable)

Positive
collective

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  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.

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