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[kuh-myoon-l-iz-uh m, kom-yuh-nl-] /kəˈmyun lˌɪz əm, ˈkɒm yə nl-/

a theory or system of government according to which each commune is virtually an independent state and the nation is merely a federation of such states.
the principles or practices of ownership.
strong allegiance to one’s own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole.
a system or theory of government in which the state is seen as a loose federation of self-governing communities
an electoral system in which ethnic groups vote separately for their own representatives
loyalty to the interests of one’s own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
the practice or advocacy of communal living or ownership

1871 (in reference to Paris), from communal + -ism.


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