One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a state, typically a fascist one, organized into corporations representing employers and employees in various trades or professions.
- ‘Before 1974, the State was based on corporative bodies representing different interest groups (the military, the Church, landholders, workers' syndicates, etc.).’
- ‘His corporative state came to terms with Italian capitalism but abolished free trade unions.’
- ‘The old order had been corporative, every organization defining itself by its privileges and monopolies.’
- ‘Subsequently, fascist theorists in Europe urged that the state itself be turned into a corporative apparatus, but efforts purporting to do this, notably in Italy and Germany, were mostly a camouflage for dictatorships.’
- ‘During the 1840s Melun hoped to resurrect the corporative system in a new form appropriate to nineteenth-century conditions, by bringing together Christian masters and their apprentices in a patronage.’
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