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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj communal for or by a group rather than individuals "dipping each his bread into a communal dish of stew"- Paul Roche","a communal settlement in which all earnings and food were shared","a group effort"
    • adj communal relating to a small administrative district or community "communal elections in several European countries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Communal Pertaining to a commune.
    • Communal resembling a commune{4} or the practises of a commune{4}; as, communal living.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • communal Pertaining to or of the nature of a commune; belonging to the people of a commune: as, communal organization; communal land.
    • communal Communistic. See communalism.
    • communal Of or pertaining to the commune of Paris (which see, under commune).
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  • Justin Kaplan
    Justin Kaplan
    “Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory.”
  • Robert Brustein
    Robert Brustein
    “Theatergoing is a communal act, movie going a solitary one.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. communal,


In literature:

Its educational institutions include communal colleges, ecclesiastical seminaries, and schools of drawing and music.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
It is a combination of game and dance, and is evidently of communal origin.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
His father would have brought him up, as he was himself, in the respect for the communal franchises.
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
I wonder that no one takes exception to the communal warmth of the sun.
"The Book of This and That" by Robert Lynd
Cassel has a communal college.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
It has a sub-prefecture, tribunals of primary instance and commerce, and a communal college.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
He has always lived a communal life, with the voices of his fellows always in his ears.
"The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop" by Hamlin Garland
This communal despotism strikes at the very foundation of personal virtue, viz.
"The Library and Society" by Various
The town is the seat of a sub-prefect, and has tribunals of first instance and of commerce and a communal college.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
The building has served as the communal library since 1838.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
Such communal and united display was not the custom of the early French settlers.
"A Flight in Spring" by J. Harris Knowles
He was "first political deputy," as the highest communal authority was then called.
"The Patriot" by Antonio Fogazzaro
The thirty communal hospitals contained over 1,000 beds for a population of 90,000 inhabitants.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
A tribunal of first instance and a communal college are the chief public institutions.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
The Communal Councils have not yet been fully admitted to the Council system, and seem to have but little vitality.
"The New Germany" by George Young
In 1906 the urban population was 2229, the communal population 9986.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
All the communal towns, Meaux, Amiens, Laon, Beauvais, Noyons, Senlis are in arms.
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
Although its general tenor is communal, each family offers only to its own relatives.
"The Religion of the Indians of California" by A. L. Kroeber
Fontainebleau is the seat of a subprefect and has a tribunal of first instance and a communal college.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
But counties also have their communal sides like prefectures and have representative assemblages.
"A Fantasy of Far Japan" by Baron Kencho Suyematsu

In news:

It wasn't that long ago that bookstores were an important part of everyday life -- an important part of our civic life, our communal life.
Terri Lowe sobbed in a corner of a conference room that served as a communal locker room for boxing bouts at a suburban Sacramento hotel.
You could've just re-delivered it to the communal table, neatly refolded with the crossword un-filled-out.
The pope urged parishes and other communities to encourage private or communal fasts during Lent.
The prison in Cuba holds communal screenings of the Will Smith show.
Cohousing in Washington, D.C. Once a relative novelty, communal living facilities continue to increase in popularity.
Indian police have charged a right-wing Hindu leader, Bal Thackeray, with inciting communal passion by calling on Hindus to form suicide squads to attack Muslims.
ANI Example Of Communal Harmony .
2 Employee, had lived together on a communal hippie farm in Tennessee for many years.
Saul Griffith and co-worker Della Shea prepare leftovers for lunch in the communal kitchen at Otherlab.
Communal tables and a vintage dish display at Jardenea.
The Puritans brought this communally-organized Christianity to America, where they established a new community that would help individuals lead moral lives in keeping with the Puritan interpretation of scripture.
How Jamie Burkart turned a UCSC gallery into a 10-day experiment in communal living.
Much of the action in "L'Auberge Espagnole" takes place in a communal flat in Barcelona populated by a mix-and-match assortment of attractive young Europeans.
Discover how the suffering church's vibrant, sacrificial, and communal faith is much closer to God's intent for His church and His children.

In science:

Formal Treatment of Certificate Revocation Under Communal Access Control. in IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy. 2001. D.
A Community Authorization Service for Group Collaboration
Hoover, W. G. & Ree, F. H. Melting Transition and Communal Entropy for Hard Spheres . J.
Glass transition and random packing in the hard sphere system
Ree, Melting transition and communal entropy for hard spheres, J.
Random close packing of granular matter
Levy: CloudViews: Communal Data Sharing in Public Clouds.
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
However this focus on individual elements is at odds with the communal spirit of the theory of ideals, in which pairs of collections of elements (ideals) are composed with a uniform result.
Real Algebraic Number Theory II. Ideological Arithmetic
Discussed together also gives a chance to better gauge their physics communality, e.g., to access parton distribution functions at low Bjorken x.
Future Facilities Summary
Melting transition and communal entropy for hard spheres. J.
Negative virial coefficients and the dominance of loose packed diagrams for D-dimensional hard spheres
Melting transition and communal entropy for hard spheres. J.
Ninth and Tenth Order Virial Coefficients for Hard Spheres in D Dimensions
Sample sizes as small as ours, N = 63, may be acceptable if the following three things are all sufficiently high: the number of questions, the ratio of the number of questions to the number of factors, and the factor communalities .
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
Communalities measure how much of a variable’s variance is due to the factor loadings, with a sufficiently high communality in this context being > 0.6.
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
The average communality for our post-test questions is 0.74 . A caveat is that these studies considered continuous data, not binary data like ours.
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results
It calculates question communalities. Sudhir Panse, Jayashree Ramadas, and Arvind Kumar, Alternative conceptions in Galilean relativity: frames of reference, Int. J.
The Relativity Concept Inventory: development, analysis and results