Meaning of “collectivism” in the English Dictionary

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collectivismnoun [ U ]

uk /kəˈlek.tɪ.vɪ.zəm/ us /-tə-/ specialized

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  • Guilds compelled their members to sell commodities at a level price, and in a spirit of collectivism endeavoured to prevent the making of corners and the practice of undercutting. 
  • It is not possible to draw a hard-and-fast line between individualism and collectivism. 
  • It would not, for example, be expedient for the church, at the present time, to take sides in the controversy between collectivism and private enterprise. 
  • The period of collectivism is denoted by the growth of the Labour Party in Parliament, and the increasing part played by the State in industrial disputes and the regulation of wages. 
  • You know that collectivism adopts the formula—to each according to his labor, while communism adopts this other—to each according to his needs. 

(Definition of “collectivism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"collectivism" in American English

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collectivismnoun [ U ]


politics & government a political system in which a country's land and industry are owned and managed by a government or by all of its citizens together

(Definition of “collectivism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"collectivism" in Business English

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collectivismnoun [ U ]

uk /kəˈlektɪvɪzəm/ us POLITICS, ECONOMICS

a theory or political system based on the principle that all factories, farms, etc., should be controlled by or for all the people of a country:

They believed in industrial collectivism, that industry should be run by the workpeople for the workpeople, through the trade unions.

(Definition of “collectivism” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)