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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COLLECTIVE

My friends at least will accept them as such, whether they like their collective title or not.

Collective nouns in Greek and English create a similar but lesser awkwardness.

The plan is, therefore, a development of the principle of collective bargaining.

Cyrus recognises the ideal principle of co-operation and collective ownership.

Take my word for it, the secret of success with "the collective wisdom" is reiteration.

They must have had what we should call a collective personality.

The crowd and the collective force are always contained in society.

Perhaps there may also be the idea of collective responsibility for his annihilation.

They acquired their collective title, La Comdie Humaine, in 1842.

They all admired him, with that collective cowardice of a timid multitude.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Middle French collectif, from Latin collectivus, from collectus (see collect). As a noun, short for collective farm (in the USSR) it dates from 1925. collective farm first attested 1919 in translations of Lenin. Collective bargaining coined 1891 by Beatrice Webb; defined in U.S. 1935 by the Wagner Act. Collective noun is recorded from 1510s; collective security first attested 1934 in speech by Winston Churchill.

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