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a group of persons residing together in face-to-face association; a group of persons with whom an individual identifies as a source of identity and potential support.
continuing care community life care community.
life care community a living arrangement for older adults that provides several levels of care within one facility or complex. As the resident requires more health supervision, he or she moves from areas that are more independent to those where care is provided under the supervision of a registered nurse. Life care communities usually require an entry fee as well as a monthly fee. Called also continuing care community.
therapeutic community a specially structured mental treatment center, employing group and milieu therapy and encouraging the patient to function within social norms.
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A given segment of a society or a population.
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n. pl. communi·ties
a. A group of people living in the same locality and under the same government.
b. The district or locality in which such a group lives.
a. A group of organisms interacting with one another and with the environment in a specific region.
b. The region occupied by a group of interacting organisms.
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A specific group of people, often living in a defined geographical area, who share a common culture, values and norms, arranged in a social structure according to relationships, which the community has developed over a period of time.
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A group of people united by some common feature or shared interest; the social context in which professional services are provided. A community may be united by physical or geographic factors, by one or more common characteristics such as age, gender, developmental level, culture, or health or disability status, or by a shared perspective.
See also: community-based practice
[L. communitas, fellowship, fr. communis, common]
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a naturally occurring group of different species of organisms that lives together and interacts as a selfcontained unit in the same habitat, relatively independent of inputs and outputs from adjacent communities. Ideally, it is selfcontained in terms of food relationships, and usually the only energy required from outside is that of the sun.
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Lem Heng, another Suoy ethnic community representative, said they would not protest if the communal land is included in a state-owned ecotourism project.
However, about 51 communal titles were placed under joint ventures with state and private companies for agriculture development, causing some dissatisfaction among the people, who claimed that their native customary rights (NCR) to ancestral land had been diluted to just being beneficiaries under a communal title.
In the event he rents his premises, he may impose an obligation upon his tenant to pay the communal charges to him by including it as a term in the tenancy agreement.
A council spokeswoman said: "We want all tenants to enjoy the warmer weather and to make full use of their communal area, but we do need to balance this with the need to ensure the safety of all tenants, particularly children living in the blocks.
Both were targeted by the frenzied mob during the communal violence which rocked the district last month.
Unfortunately, it is during communal riots that popular support for parties with hateful rhetoric go up.
Kenneth Howard Barrass: "I live inland in a small Spanish village, we have big communal bins on practically every other street, our bins are emptied every night except the occasional holiday.
Ralph Pablo, DENR Cordillera director, ordered an investigation of the complaint, pointing out that titles issued within communal forests are void.
The communal elements have prepared a false and baseless story regarding a cave in Beerwah area which is far from the reality, he said.
4 -- Whenever confronted by increasing intolerance and increase in incidences of communal violence in the country, the standard response of the BJP leaders and spokespersons is that incidences of communal violence took place even during UPA regime in particular and Congress regimes in general.
THE NDA government at the Centre is taking credit for a dip in the incidents of communal strife in the country, but the data released by the Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA) shows that BJP led states are among the worst performers in curbing communal disharmony.

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