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com•mu•nal•ism



Pronunciation: (ku-myOOn'l-iz"um, kom'yu-nl-), [key]
n.
1. 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.
2. the principles or practices of communal ownership.
3. strong allegiance to one's own ethnic group rather than to society as a whole.

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