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Community Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    community n
  1. a group of people living in a particular local area; "the team is drawn from all parts of the community"
  2. a group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious characteristics in common; "the Christian community of the apostolic age"; "he was well known throughout the Catholic community"
  3. common ownership; "they shared a community of possessions"
  4. a group of nations having common interests; "they hoped to join the NATO community"
  5. the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread rapidly through the medical community" [syn: profession]
  6. agreement as to goals; "the preachers and the bootleggers found they had a community of interests" [syn: community of interests}]
  7. a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences [syn: residential district, residential area]
  8. (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other [syn: biotic community}]
Community Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Community \Com*mu"ni*ty\, n.; pl. Communities. [L. communitas: cf. OF. communit['e]. Cf. Commonalty, and see Common.]
  1. Common possession or enjoyment; participation; as, a community of goods. The original community of all things. --Locke. An unreserved community of thought and feeling. --W. Irving.
  2. A body of people having common rights, privileges, or interests, or living in the same place under the same laws and regulations; as, a community of monks. Hence a number of animals living in a common home or with some apparent association of interests. Creatures that in communities exist. --Wordsworth.
  3. Society at large; a commonwealth or state; a body politic; the public, or people in general. Burdens upon the poorer classes of the community. --Hallam. Note: In this sense, the term should be used with the definite article; as, the interests of the community.
  4. Common character; likeness. [R.] The essential community of nature between organic growth and inorganic growth. --H. Spencer.
  5. Commonness; frequency. [Obs.] Eyes . . . sick and blunted with community. --Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Community'

In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing a populated environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the term by the mid-1950s. Traditionally a "community" has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location. The word is often used to refer to a group that is organized around common values and is attributed with social cohesion within a shared geographical location, generally in social units larger than a household. The word can also refer to the national community or international community.

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* The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaciton and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilzation. It is what we seek today. - Lyndon B. Johnson

* The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class. - Aristotle

* In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law ... That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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