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communal

Syllabification: com·mu·nal
Pronunciation: /kəˈmyo͞on(ə)l
 
, ˈkämyənəl
 
/

Definition of communal in English:

adjective

1Shared by all members of a community; for common use: a communal bathroom and kitchen
More example sentences
  • Two people shared a room and the entire floor shared a communal bathroom and shower room.
  • If the claim is in respect of defects in the common parts or communal areas of a block of flats, the claim must be made by the Management Company or in Scotland, the Factor.
  • The wart viral infection is a common occurrence in communal bathing, spa or health club facilities.
Synonyms
shared, joint, common
collective, cooperative, community, communalist, combined
1.1Of, relating to, or done by a community: communal achievement
More example sentences
  • They strengthened and gave us pride in our communal bonds.
  • This collection represents a communal plea for peace from those who have had little of it in their lives.
  • But this is a communal achievement, one that shows us a side of Belfast we never normally see.
1.2Involving the sharing of work and property: communal living
More example sentences
  • Mrs Silk stressed the point that it was an aim of theirs to promote and encourage integrated communal living and shared responsibility wherever possible.
  • They shared all property and led a communal existence.
  • In the Faroes and St Kilda, the nesting grounds were communal property, so everyone had a stake in leaving enough birds to breed for next year.
2(Of conflict) between different communities, especially those having different religions or ethnic origins: violent communal riots
More example sentences
  • Contained in the impasse over the formation of a new government are the seeds of a descent into communal conflict and civil war.
  • Fifty-five years of rule under the national bourgeoisie has created a cauldron of ethnic and communal strife, poverty and illiteracy.
  • He argued that the attacks were not religiously motivated but designed to destabilize the country by creating communal conflicts.

Origin

early 19th century (in the sense 'relating to a commune, especially the Paris Commune'): from French, from late Latin communalis, from communis (see common).

Derivatives

communality

1
Pronunciation: /ˌkämyəˈnalitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • In reality it merely denotes a certain geographic communality, and the acceptance of the basic shared heritage.
  • But in working on this history project these students learn something about themselves and communality.
  • This communality is central to the ethos, where each house contains a mix of people who benefit from living together but have room to express their own habits and tastes.

communally

2
Pronunciation: /kəˈmyo͞on(ə)lē, ˈkämyənəlē
 
/
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘There was no formal decision to live communally,’ Maher says.
  • With the addition of land to which title is held by state governments, the total amount of American land owned communally is 39.8 percent.
  • People also have a tendency not to take breaks communally anymore except for the odd lunch or drinks after work.

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