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Collective Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    collective adj
  1. done by or characteristic of individuals acting together; "a joint identity"; "the collective mind"; "the corporate good" [syn: corporate]
  2. forming a whole or aggregate [ant: distributive]
  3. set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government; "collective farms" n : members of a cooperative enterprise
Collective Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Collective \Col*lect"ive\, n. (Gram.) A collective noun or name.
Collective Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Collective \Col*lect"ive\, a. [L. collectivus: cf. F. collectif.]
  1. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation. --Bp. Hoadley.
  2. Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring. [Obs.] ``Critical and collective reason.'' --Sir T. Browne.
  3. (Gram.) Expressing a collection or aggregate of individuals, by a singular form; as, a collective name or noun, like assembly, army, jury, etc.
  4. Tending to collect; forming a collection. Local is his throne . . . to fix a point, A central point, collective of his sons. --Young.
  5. Having plurality of origin or authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives of several governments is called a collective note. Collective fruit (Bot.), that which is formed from a mass of flowers, as the mulberry, pineapple, and the like; -- called also multiple fruit. --Gray.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Collective'

A collective is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives differ from cooperatives in that they are not necessarily focused upon an economic benefit or saving (but can be that as well). There may be some issues with meaningfully describing the qualities of a collective.

Princeton Philosopher Philip Pettit discusses the challenges of describing the group as though it were a single individual, a metaphorical agent - the way the law sometimes talks about corporations. It may more difficult to construct a model of the "group mind" than merely asking for a majority opinion. This is because different questioning can change one's conception of the group.

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* Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions. - Warren Bennis

* I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. - Thomas Carlyle

* Reality is nothing but a collective hunch. - Lily Tomlin

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