Col*lect"ive, n. (Gram.)
A collective noun or name.
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.
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
Local is his throne . . . to fix a point,
A central point, collective of his sons.
5. Having plurality of origin or
authority; as, in diplomacy, a note signed by the representatives
of several governments is called a collective
Collective fruit (Bot.), that
which is formed from a mass of flowers, as the mulberry,
pineapple, and the like; -- called also multiple