Affecting the people or community as a whole; SYN. public.
Belonging to and maintained by and for the local community
In ecology, an assemblage of plants, animals, and other organisms living within a circumscribed area. Communities are usually named by reference to a dominant feature such as characteristic plant species (for example, oak-hickory community), or a prominent physical feature (for example, a freshwater-pond community).
ETYM Latin communitas: cf. Old Fren. communité. Related to Commonalty, and see Common.
1. A group of nations having common interests.
2. A group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious characteristics in common.
3. A group of people living in a particular local area.
4. Agreement as to goals; SYN. community of interests.
5. Common ownership.
6. In the social sciences, the sense of identity, purpose, and companionship that comes from belonging to a particular place, organization, or social group. The concept dominated sociological thinking in the first half of the 20th century, and inspired the academic discipline of community studies.