(redirected from monopolists)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.


n. pl. mo·nop·o·lies
1. Exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service: "Monopoly frequently ... arises from government support or from collusive agreements among individuals" (Milton Friedman).
a. A company, group, or individual having exclusive control over a commercial activity.
b. A commodity or service so controlled.
a. Exclusive possession or control: arrogantly claims to have a monopoly on the truth.
b. Something that is exclusively possessed or controlled: showed that scientific achievement is not a male monopoly.

[Latin monopōlium, from Greek monopōlion : mono-, mono- + pōlein, to sell; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

mo·nop′o·lism n.
mo·nop′o·list n.
mo·nop′o·lis′tic adj.
mo·nop′o·lis′ti·cal·ly adv.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(məˈnɒp ə lɪst)

1. a person who has a monopoly.
2. an advocate of monopoly.
mo•nop`o•lis′tic, adj.
mo•nop`o•lis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monopolist - someone who monopolizes the means of producing or selling something
selfish person - a person who is unusually selfish
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


[məˈnɒpəlɪst] Nmonopolista mf
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


nMonopolist(in) m(f)
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
References in classic literature ?
According to the tenor of the sentence, which the criers read aloud and incorrectly, two farmers of the revenues, monopolists of money, dilapidators of the royal provisions, extortioners, and forgers, were about to undergo capital punishment on the Place de Greve, with their names blazoned over their heads, according to their sentence.
Could a man be happier than I ought to be, sprung as I am from monopolists of all the sources and instruments of production--of land on the one side, and of machinery on the other?
All these people, just like our spirit monopolists in old days, get their money in a way that gains them the contempt of everyone.
To everybody's surprise, the unselfish monopolist immediately reduced the price of spectacles to such a degree that a great and crushing burden was removed from the nation.
Such is the legend of the monopolist's once stately and sumptuous castle, now called the "Spectacular Ruin."
At all events he was a Scandinavian of some sort, and a bloated monopolist to boot.
She has no right to be, but - well, you know, she is what you call a monopolist. She and I have been friends for many years."
This can only be detrimental to French consumers and raises the question of whether the reform is only a pretext for protecting the existing monopolists, FDJ and PMU.
(10.) Deal effectively with monopolists. Monopolists stir up strong angry reactions from other group members.
Equation 9b shows that more elastic participation with monopoly pricing will shrink the differential between the fixed fee set by the monopolist versus the public agency when 1/E - s/[epsilon] > 0 and will increase the differential between the signing bonuses set by the monopolists versus the public agency when 1/E - s/[epsilon] < 0.
Kang, "Incentives for Discrimination when Upstream Monopolists Participates in Downstream Markets." Journal of Regulatory Economics, 20, 2001, 125-39.
The key insight offered by Cournot is that independent price-setting behavior by the complementary monopolists results in prices of both raw materials, and that of brass in turn, even higher than if a single firm controlled the whole industry, i.e., super-excessive prices.