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con·sum·er·ism

 (kən-so͞o′mə-rĭz′əm)
n.
1. The movement seeking to protect and inform consumers by requiring such practices as honest packaging and advertising, product guarantees, and improved safety standards.
2. The theory that a progressively greater consumption of goods is economically beneficial.
3. Attachment to materialistic values or possessions: deplored the rampant consumerism of contemporary society.

con·sum′er·ist n.
con·sum′er·is′tic adj.

consumerism

(kənˈsjuːməˌrɪzəm)
n
1. (Economics) protection of the interests of consumers
2. (Economics) advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy
conˈsumerist n, adj

con•sum•er•ism

(kənˈsu məˌrɪz əm)

n.
1. protecting consumers against defective products, misleading advertising, etc.
2. the concept that expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
3. a preoccupation with or emphasis on consuming goods.
[1940–45, Amer.]
con•sum′er•ist, n., adj.

consumerism

the principles and practices associated with the utilization of economic goods.
See also: Economics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consumerism - the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically beneficialconsumerism - the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically beneficial
economic theory - (economics) a theory of commercial activities (such as the production and consumption of goods)
2.consumerism - a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers
crusade, campaign, cause, drive, effort, movement - a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort"
Translations

consumerism

[kənˈsjuːmərɪzəm] Nconsumismo m

consumerism

[kənˈsjuːmərɪzəm] n
(pejorative) (= materialism) → consumérisme m
(= consumer protection) → défense f du consommateur

consumerism

nKonsumismus m, → Konsumdenken nt; the age of consumerismdas Konsumzeitalter

consumerism

[kənˈsjuːməˌrɪzəm] n (consumer protection) → tutela del consumatore (Econ) → consumismo
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