Meaning of collective

col•lec•tive

Pronunciation: (ku-lek'tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. formed by collection.
  2. forming a whole; combined: the collective assets of a corporation and its subsidiaries.
  3. of or characteristic of a group of individuals taken together: the collective wishes of the membership.
  4. organized according to the principles of collectivism: a collective farm.
—n.
  1. See
  2. a collective body; aggregate.
  3. a business, farm, etc., jointly owned and operated by the members of a group.
  4. a unit of organization or the organization in a collectivist system.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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