Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being collective.
  • n. The people considered as a body or whole.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of being collective
  • n. A body of people considered as a whole

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state of being collective.
  • n. The collective sum, aggregate, or mass of anything; specif., the people as a body; the state.
  • n. Collectivism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as collectiveness. J. Morley.
  • n. The whole collectively considered; the mass.
  • n. Specifically The people of a commune or state taken collectively; the people at large; the citizens as a whole.
  • n. Collectivism; especially, the ownership on the part of the state or the people at large of all means of production, especially of the soil.

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Even if individual voters are not offered a choice at the moment of the election, the collectivity is deciding among alternatives.

    What can we expect of democracy?

  • We all need to make three types of human connection, they say: with intimate or romantic partners, with close friends and with our "collectivity" -- the community or nation as a whole.

    The State of Solitude

  • The movement of the collectivity is a largely subconscious mass-movement with historical ups and downs.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • The crash of these technology-based social networks ostensibly shows an active rather than passive collectivity, meaning rather than experiencing a historical moment together via the exact same channels (limited to a few mass media networks), people wanted to reach out and create their own moment, their own reportage and rapport; however, this crash of systems also points to some intense displays of cultural capital, something a lot of these social networks are built upon.

    Web Teacher › Spreading the News

  • Meanwhile, Guadalupe, Martinique and French Guiana, which are oversea departments of France, are scheduled to have a referendum in January on whether to join the northern half of St. Martin and the tiny island of St. Barth's in getting full "collectivity" status, which means that they too can get aid from the Motherland and not have to give anything back in the way of taxes.

    Eric Lurio: Reorganizing the Caribbean

  • As the best example of what her divine Son wills for us as individuals within that collectivity which is the Church, she is the efficacious sign thereof.

    The project continued

  • The issue is that they make exceptions to that principle in the case of certain arbitrary claims of political authority; or that they try to rationalize coercion by saying that some kind of collectivity makes it not really coercive - didn't we agree to that tax increase?, etc.

    Rad Geek People's Daily

  • The issue is that they make exceptions to that principle in the case of certain arbitrary claims of political authority; or that they try to rationalize coercion by saying that some kind of collectivity makes it not really coercive — didn’t we agree to that tax increase?

    Why should natural lawyers care about teaching freed-market economics?

  • Each particle of dust carries with it a unique vision of matter, movement, collectivity, interaction, affect, differentiation, composition and infinite darkness -- a crystallized data‐base or a plot ready to combine and react, to be narrated on and through something.

    Carla Leitao: Dustism, Creatures and Speculative Materialism in Architecture: An Interview With Alisa Andrasek/Biothing

  • As Stefan said, if you claim the flag as “our heritage”, than you are excluding black people from that collectivity.

    Matthew Yglesias » Politics and Investment Bias

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.