Definitions for barterˈbɑr tər

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  1. barter, swap, swop, trade(verb)

    an equal exchange

    "we had no money so we had to live by barter"

  2. barter(verb)

    exchange goods without involving money

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  1. barter(Noun)

    an equal exchange

    We had no money so we had to live by barter.

  2. barter(Verb)

    exchange goods or services without involving money

  3. Origin: From barater, of uncertain origin (maybe Celtic).

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  1. Barter(verb)

    to traffic or trade, by exchanging one commodity for another, in distinction from a sale and purchase, in which money is paid for the commodities transferred; to truck

  2. Barter(verb)

    to trade or exchange in the way of barter; to exchange (frequently for an unworthy consideration); to traffic; to truck; -- sometimes followed by away; as, to barter away goods or honor

  3. Barter(noun)

    the act or practice of trafficking by exchange of commodities; an exchange of goods

  4. Barter(noun)

    the thing given in exchange

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  1. Barter

    Barter is a system of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money. It is distinguishable from gift economies in that the reciprocal exchange is immediate and not delayed in time. It is usually bilateral, but may be multilateral and usually exists parallel to monetary systems in most developed countries, though to a very limited extent. Barter usually replaces money as the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, such as when the currency may be either unstable or simply unavailable for conducting commerce. David Graeber argues that the inefficiencies of barter in archaic society has been used by economists since Adam Smith to explain the emergence of money, the economy, and hence the discipline of economics itself. "Economists of the contemporary orthodoxy... propose an evolutionary development of economies which places barter, as a 'natural' human characteristic, at the most primitive stage, to be superseded by monetary exchange as soon as people become aware of the latter's greater efficiency." However, extensive investigation by anthropologists like Graeber has since then established that "No example of a barter economy, pure and simple, has ever been described, let alone the emergence from it of money; all available ethnography suggests that there never has been such a thing. But there are economies today which are nevertheless dominated by barter."


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