Definition of cooperative in English:

cooperative

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

adjective

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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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
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.

noun

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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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

cooperatively

adverb
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  • We have to acknowledge that there are differences, but there's so much to be done to work together cooperatively.
  • By working together cooperatively, the children learn to be socially active citizens who care about their community.
  • So it is essential that governments work cooperatively together.

cooperativeness

noun
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  • 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.

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