• 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

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