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

  • n. The principles or system of ownership and control of the means of production and distribution by the people collectively, usually under the supervision of a government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are owned and controlled by the people collectively

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine that land and capital should be owned by society collectively or as a whole; communism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The socialistic theory or principle of centralization of all directive social and industrial power, especially of control of the means of production, in the people collectively, or the state: the opposite of individualism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a political theory that the people should own the means of production
  • n. Soviet communism


collective +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)



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