Definition of cooperative in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəʊˈɒp(ə)rətɪv/
(also co-operative)


1Involving mutual assistance in working towards a common goal: every member has clearly defined tasks in a cooperative enterprise
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  • Personal responsibility, used in this way, is opposed to the concept of an inter-dependent and mutually co-operative community.
  • The earlier interest in voluntary associational schemes, such as land settlement communes and cooperative enterprises, lapsed.
  • Much more common are cooperative agreements between local TV stations and the newspapers in those communities, says Northwestern's Gordon.
collaborative, collective, communal, combined, common, joint, shared, mutual, united, unified, allied, cross-party, pooled, mass, concerted, coordinated, interactive, unanimous, harmonious
rare coactive
1.1Willing to be of assistance: they have been extremely considerate, polite, and cooperative
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  • Yet since the contracts in question have already been written, a co-operative response from the developers is essential if the new approach is to succeed.
  • They were very co-operative and helpful but their recollection was poor.
  • The company are appealing for your support in this matter and would like a full and co-operative response from the public at large.
helpful, eager to help, eager to please, glad to be of assistance, obliging, accommodating, indulgent;
compliant, complaisant, willing, acquiescent, amenable, persuadable, biddable, tractable, pliable, pliant, adaptable, responsive
informal easy, game
rare persuasible, suasible
1.2(Of a farm, business, etc.) owned and run jointly by its members, with profits or benefits shared among them.
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  • The land was once used by local Mexican farmers as public-owned cooperative farms.
  • According to the tribe, their cooperative businesses have turned a profit every year since 1986.
  • This led to the creation of large, industrialized, cooperative farms.


A farm, business, or other organization which is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits: we run the agency as a workers' cooperative
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  • Unions, the students' federation, housing cooperatives and neighbourhood organisations all took part.
  • In other parts of the world unions are active in promoting democratic worker cooperatives to organize workers.
  • Members look to their cooperatives for services and support in both difficult and good times.



Example sentences
  • I am for freedom and prosperity, individual sovereignty, free trade and the cooperativeness that comes from free exchange.
  • We appreciate the hospitality and cooperativeness.
  • This network has formulated a new basis for collaboration based on ‘virtue ethics,’ a set of moral motivations that emphasize cooperativeness, friendliness, generosity, and honesty.


Early 17th century: from late Latin cooperativus, from Latin cooperat- 'worked together', from the verb cooperari (see cooperate).

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