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Line breaks: col¦lect¦iv|ism
Pronunciation: /kəˈlɛktɪvɪz(ə)m

Definition of collectivism in English:


[mass noun]
1The practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it: the Church has criticized the great emphasis placed on individualism rather than collectivism
More example sentences
  • Behind these lay another debate between equally traditional views of collectivism v. individual initiative and between atheistic materialism and the belief that the world was created by God.
  • Social contract predicts a gradual movement from collectivism to individual liberty - it also regards self-respect as the very first primary social good.
  • This will ultimately foster the spirit of individualism rather than collectivism in the youth.
1.1The ownership of land and the means of production by the people or the state, as a political principle or system: the Russian Revolution decided to alter the course of modernity towards collectivism
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  • The Universal Declaration does not aim for complete equality and it certainly isn't compatible with a political system based on some form of coercive collectivism, or state socialism as it existed in Eastern Europe - quite the contrary.
  • From Shachtman he inherited his signature theories of democratic Marxism and bureaucratic collectivism, as well as his socialist outrage at the communist perversion of socialism.
  • Surely, such a scientific ‘double whammy’ rendered any concept of socialism, of collectivism, of a society based on co-operation and solidarity, a mere pipe-dream?



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Klein suggests that collectivist policies such as Social Security or public schools serve the same function as ritual tribal dances.
  • In 1975 the leadership tried to run the country on communist collectivist lines but failed.
  • I thought support for the collectivist dream of government-funded social protection was supposed to be fading.


Example sentences
  • This light version of the egalitarian phantom idea has long been disclosed as theoretically hollow, being made up by two of the most ill defined collectivistic terms that are in stock.
  • In a similar vein, Pillai and Meindl demonstrated that charismatic group leadership is more prevalent in collectivistic cultures.
  • In contrast, more overtly withdrawn behaviors, by definition, decrease social interaction with peers and might be viewed as incompatible with a collectivistic orientation.

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