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Definition of communal adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1shared by, or for the use of, a number of people, especially people who live together a communal kitchen/garden, etc. As a student he tried communal living for a few years.
  2. 2involving different groups of people in a community communal violence between religious groups
adverb The property was owned communally.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: communal