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cap·i·tal·ism

 (kăp′ĭ-tl-ĭz′əm)
n.
An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development occurs through the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in a free market.

capitalism

(ˈkæpɪtəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Economics) Also called: free enterprise or private enterprise an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange, characterized by the freedom of capitalists to operate or manage their property for profit in competitive conditions. Compare socialism1

cap•i•tal•ism

(ˈkæp ɪ tlˌɪz əm)

n.
an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations.
[1850–55]

capitalism

a system of economics under which ownership of and investment in the means of production and distribution depends chiefly upon corporations and private individuals. — capitalist, n. — capitalistic, adj.
See also: Economics
a theory or system in which property and investment in busines; are owned and controlled by individuals directly or through ownership of shares in companies. Cf. communism. — capitalist, n., adj.capitalistic, adj.
See also: Politics

capitalism

1. An economic system essentially based on the private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange.
2. An economic system in which the means of production are privately owned and producers compete to maximize their profits.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.capitalism - an economic system based on private ownership of capitalcapitalism - an economic system based on private ownership of capital
venture capitalism - capitalism that invests in innovative enterprises (especially high technology) where the potential profits are large
free enterprise, laissez-faire economy, market economy, private enterprise - an economy that relies chiefly on market forces to allocate goods and resources and to determine prices
socialist economy, socialism - an economic system based on state ownership of capital

capitalism

noun private enterprise, free enterprise, private ownership, laissez faire or laisser faire the two fundamentally opposed social systems, capitalism and socialism
Quotations
"I think that Capitalism, wisely managed, can probably be made more efficient for attaining economic ends than any alternative system yet in sight, but that in itself it is in many ways extremely objectionable" [John Maynard Keynes The End of Laissez-Faire]
"You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker" [Malcolm X]
Translations
الرأسْماليّّهرأسماليةرَأْسُمالِيَّة
kapitalismuskapitalizmus
kapitalisme
kapitalismo
kapitalismi
kapitalizam
kapitalizmus
kapítalismi
資本主義
자본주의
capitalism
kapitalizmus
kapitalizem
kapitalism
ระบบทุนนิยม
kapitalizmanamalcılık
chủ nghĩa tư bản

capitalism

[ˈkæpɪtəlɪzəm] Ncapitalismo m

capitalism

[ˈkæpɪtəlɪzəm] ncapitalisme m

capitalism

nKapitalismus m

capitalism

[ˈkæpɪtəlɪzm] ncapitalismo

capital1

(ˈkӕpitl) noun
1. the chief town or seat of government. Paris is the capital of France.
2. (also capital letter) any letter of the type found at the beginning of sentences, proper names etc. THESE ARE CAPITAL LETTERS / CAPITALS.
3. money (for investment etc). You need capital to start a new business.
adjective
1. involving punishment by death. a capital offence.
2. excellent. a capital idea.
3. (of a city) being a capital. Paris and other capital cities.
ˈcapitalism noun
a system of economics in which money and business are controlled by capitalists.
ˈcapitalist noun
a person who has much money in business concerns.
ˈcapitalist, ˌcapitaˈlistic adjective

capitalism

رَأْسُمالِيَّة kapitalismus kapitalisme Kapitalismus καπιταλισμός capitalismo kapitalismi capitalisme kapitalizam capitalismo 資本主義 자본주의 kapitalisme kapitalisme kapitalizm capitalismo капитализм kapitalism ระบบทุนนิยม kapitalizm chủ nghĩa tư bản 资本主义
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