Definitions for oligopsonyˌɒl ɪˈgɒp sə ni

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ol•i•gop•so•nyˌɒl ɪˈgɒp sə ni(n.)(pl.)-nies.

  1. the market condition that exists when there are few buyers, who can thereby greatly influence price and other market factors.

Origin of oligopsony:

1940–45; olig - + Gk opsōnía purchase of provisions, shopping



  1. oligopsony(Noun)

    An economic condition in which a small number of buyers exert control over the market price of a commodity.

  2. Origin: From ὀλίγοι + ὀψωνία, corresponding to .


  1. Oligopsony

    An oligopsony is a market form in which the number of buyers is small while the number of sellers in theory could be large. This typically happens in a market for inputs where numerous suppliers are competing to sell their product to a small number of buyers. It contrasts with an oligopoly, where there are many buyers but few sellers. An oligopsony is a form of imperfect competition. The terms monopoly, monopsony, and bilateral monopoly have a similar relationship.


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