Defining Community

What does community mean to you?  As we begin to dig into the concept of “community,” let’s begin by looking at some of the definitions for that word:




noun: community; plural noun: communities

  1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.”Rhode Island’s Japanese community.”  Synonyms: group, body, set, circle, clique, faction, etc.”a community of nuns”a group of people living together in one place, especially one practicing common ownership.  Synonyms: Brotherhood, sisterhood, fraternity, sorority, sodality, etc.

    “a rural community”a particular area or place considered together with its inhabitants.  Synonyms: district, region, zone, area, locality, locale, neighborhood, etc.

    “the European Community”a body of nations or states unified by common interests.

    the people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities; society.

  2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”the sense of community that organized religion can provide”a similarity or identity. “writers who shared a community of interests”

    joint ownership or liability.

    “a commitment to the community of goods”

  1. ECOLOGY a group of interdependent organisms of different species growing or living together in a specified habitat.  “communities of insectivorous birds”

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