1. Assembled into or viewed as a whole.
2. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision.
1. An undertaking, such as a business operation, set up on the principles or system of collectivism.
2. A collective noun.
[From Latin collectīvus, collected, collective : collēctus, past participle of colligere, to collect; see COLLECT1 + -īvus, adjective suffix.]
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