community has definitions from the fields of sociology,religion,government,housing,geography,ecology
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[ noun ] (sociology) a group of people living in a particular local area

Examples

"the team is drawn from all parts of the community"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

The volume of ADC cases will decrease , Martin reported , when the community is able to deal effectively with two problems : Relatively limited skills and discrimination in employment because of color .

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

As the play opens the audience is introduced to the community of Salem in Puritan America at the end of the eighteenth century .

Aside_from a quaint concern with witches and devils which provides the immediate problem in the opening scene , it is a quite normal community .

As the play unfolds , however , the audience is subtly brought into the grip of an awful evil which grows with ominously gathering power and soon engulfs the community .

If one asks about this play , what it is that comes_upon this community and works within it with such terrible power , there is no better answer to give than `` spirit '' .

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[ noun ] (religion,sociology) a group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious characteristics in common

Examples

"the Christian community of the apostolic age" "he was well known throughout the Catholic community"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

To derive Utopian communism from the Jerusalem Christian community of the apostolic age or from its medieval successors in spirit , the monastic communities , is with an appropriate shift of adjectives , misleading in the same way as to derive it from Plato 's Republic :

To derive Utopian communism from the Jerusalem Christian community of the apostolic age or from its medieval successors in spirit , the monastic communities , is with an appropriate shift of adjectives , misleading in the same way as to derive it from Plato 's Republic :

in the Republic we have to do with an elite of physical and intellectual athletes , in the apostolic and monastic communities with an elite of spiritual and religious athletes .

The apostolic community was literally an elite : chosen by Christ himself .

And the monastic communities were supposed to be made_up of volunteers selected only after a novitiate which would test their religious aptitude for monastic rigors , their spiritual athleticism .

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[ noun ] common ownership

Examples

"they shared a community of possessions"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

We find it in the later Stoic conception of man 's natural condition which included the community of all possessions .

Finally , the conception of the natural community of all possessions which originated with the Stoics was firmly fixed in a tradition by More 's time , although it was not accepted by all the theologian philosophers of the Middle_Ages .

Because community not severalty of property is the law_of_nature no man can assert an absolutely unalterable right to what is his .

In all the respects just indicated Utopian communism differs from previous conceptions in which community of possessions and living plays a role .

Related terms

ownership

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[ adjective ] affecting the people or community as a whole

Synonyms

public

Examples

"community leaders" "community interests" "the public welfare"

Used in print

(Sports Age, 24:9...)

The continuation and expansion of the shooting development program will assure to some degree that national and community leaders will be made aware of the ever growing need for shooting facilities and activities for hunting and shooting in answer to public demand .

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common

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[ noun ] (government) a group of nations having common interests

Examples

"they hoped to join the NATO community"

Used in print

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

As a nation , we feel an obligation to assist other countries in their development ; but this obligation pertains only to countries which are honestly seeking to become responsible members of a stable and forward-moving world community .

Related terms

world_organization

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[ noun ] the body of people in a learned occupation

Synonyms

profession

Examples

"the news spread rapidly through the medical community"

Used in print

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

When these fields are surveyed together , important patterns of relationship emerge indicating a vast community of reciprocal influence , a continuity of thought and expression including many traditions , primarily literary , religious , and philosophical , but frequently including contact with the fine_arts and even , to some extent , with science .

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[ noun ] agreement as to goals

Examples

"the preachers and the bootleggers found they had a community of interests"

Used in print

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

Feelings of a community of interest will have_to be recreated - in some of the new nations , indeed , they must be built for_the_first_time - on a new basis which looks toward the future and does not rely only on shared memories of the past .

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agreement

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[ noun ] (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other

Synonyms

biotic_community

Related terms

group biome ecology

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[ adjective ] belonging to and maintained by and for the local community

Examples

"community parks"

Related terms

local

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[ noun ] (housing,geography) a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences
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