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

  • n. A member or supporter of a small cooperative or a collectivist community.

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  • adj. Considering the community to be of central importance
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the philosophy of communitarianism
  • n. An adherent of communitarianism

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a community; a member of a communistic association; one who believes in the wisdom of community life.


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c 1910 community +‎ -arian


  • * The movement to establish communitarian radios and TV�s that 10 years ago gave positive steps toward a model of autonomous alternative communication, has been subjugated by the power of the state throughout the economic control because, the majority of the 167 radio stations and 28 tv stations that nowadays work with the denomination of �communitarian� depend upon the government subsidies (according to the Asamblea Nacional, in 2006 they received 5,7 thousand millions bolivars, aprox. more than 2.650.000 dollars), and for that reason they tend to become official mouthpieces and to repeat the same communicational vices they question.


  • Hillary Clinton uses the term communitarian to describe more enlightened voters.


  • To them Peak Oil is the divine scourge which will return us to a time when we all lived in communitarian harmony with our neighbors and grew our own vegetables (organically, natch).

    Fighting over oil « BuzzMachine

  • The experience was devastating for me, and suddenly made me aware of the dangers of narrowly defined identities, and also of the divisiveness that can lie buried in communitarian politics.

    Amartya Sen - Autobiography

  • There's a lot more people in the U.S. using the word communitarian now.


  • Mr. Monti, twice a European commissioner himself in the past, emphasized his support for the EU, calling its institutions "the best part" of each member state and strongly supporting the so-called "communitarian" method over the rival inter-governmental one used to frame governance in the 27-member bloc.

    Monti Says Italy's Reform Plans on Track

  • They were communitarian, which is to say that they were communistic in some form; in this case they held all their land in common, worked it in common, cooked and ate food together, and got credit points for clothing and goods.


  • Or they can be what Mr. Wexler calls communitarian leaders, who talk about conflict and protest as a learning opportunity.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were institutions that were neither purely socialist, nor purely free market - a blend that is best described as communitarian, in that they allowed private investors to buy and hold shares in the corporations, but were also guaranteed by the federal government.

    The American Culture

  • The "communitarian" thinkers behind shaming argue that the practice not only encourages public decency but allows society to make unambiguous moral statements about what behaviors are beyond the pale.



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