1. Formed by gathering or collecting; gathered into a mass, sum, or body; congregated or aggregated; as, the collective body of a nation.
2. Deducing consequences; reasoning; inferring. [Obs.] “Critical and collective reason.”
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.
Col·lect·ive, n. Gram. A collective noun or name.
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