from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [⟨ collective + -ist; = French collectiviste.] A believer in the principle of collectivism; especially, one who holds that the materials of production, as the soil, should belong to the people at large.
  • Believing in the principle of collectivism.
  • Pertaining to or of the nature of collectivism; founded on the principle of collectivism.
  • Relating or belonging to the collectivists: as, a collectivist writer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An advocate of collectivism.
  • adjective Relating to, characteristic of, or advocating, collectivism.
  • adjective operating under collectivist principles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of or pertaining to collectivism
  • noun an advocate of collectivism

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

  • noun a person who belongs to the political left
  • adjective subscribing to the socialistic doctrine of ownership by the people collectively


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  • Of course, as is widely known, the last twenty-five years have witnessed a renewed interest in collectivist analyses of liberal society ” though the term ˜collectivist™ is abjured in favor of ˜communitarian™.

    Liberalism Gaus, Gerald 2007

  • In that struggle, Ryan argued that shifting Social Security which he called a "collectivist system" toward personal investment accounts was not only good policy, but would change the political landscape, according to a recording of the event made by its host, The Atlas Society.

    Crooks and Liars Brad Reed 2011

  • Second, the problems with our existing educational system are symptoms of something bigger, the public goods problem inherent in collectivist arrangements.

    Preferring Ignorance, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty 2009

  • The debate before us here on the mechanism of planetary scale climatic changes is indicative of the "science" practiced in collectivist societies such as Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany where advancement and even employment were dependant on adherance to political rather than factual science.

    Sound Politics: Faith-based initiatives 2007

  • They are not pro-gressives, they are re-gressives and they will take humanity back to the dark days of classist oppression in collectivist Europe if we let them.

    Sound Politics: Yes, It Is Your Fault, Ms. Brodeur 2006

  • But all my "collectivist" - bashing friends never said why World War II had such a happy economic effect. Article Feed 2009

  • As for collectivist, that isn't a bad thing either.

    Jeb Bush: 'I don't know' if Obama is a socialist 2009

  • So, get off your sofa and push aside the pizza wrappings and call your collectivist activist block leader and demand a greater share of the fruits of other peoples labour.

    The latest, last scandal 2008

  • "A collectivist is a collectivist," Ayn had declared.

    DBTL 32: The Ideal Man Johnny Pez 2009

  • Anthropologist Richard Shweder argues that for so-called collectivist societies there is also a strong "ethics of community" (authority/respect, duty/loyalty); often there is an "ethics of divinity" (purity/sanctity) as well.

    Scott Atran: Religion in America: Why Many Democrats and Europeans Don't Get It 2008


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  • Lawl? This wasnt listed :D

    May 14, 2009