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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.
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)
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.
con•sum′er•ist, n., adj.
the principles and practices associated with the utilization of economic goods.See also: Economics
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|Noun||1.||consumerism - 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"