What does Capitalism mean?

Definitions for Capitalism
ˈkæp ɪ tlˌɪz əmCap·i·tal·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capitalism, capitalist economynoun

    an economic system based on private ownership of capital

GCIDE

  1. capitalismnoun

    An economic system based on predominantly private (individual or corporate) investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of goods and wealth; contrasted with socialism or especially communism, in which the state has the predominant role in the economy.

Wiktionary

  1. capitalismnoun

    a socio-economic system based on private property rights, including the private ownership of resources or capital, with economic decisions made largely through the operation of a market unregulated by the state.

    Etymology: From capitalisme. First used in English by novelist William Thackeray in 1854.

  2. capitalismnoun

    a socio-economic system based on the abstraction of resources into the form of privately-owned capital, with economic decisions made largely through the operation of a market unregulated by the state.

    Etymology: From capitalisme. First used in English by novelist William Thackeray in 1854.

  3. capitalismnoun

    a specific variation or implementation of either such socio-economic system.

    Etymology: From capitalisme. First used in English by novelist William Thackeray in 1854.

Freebase

  1. Capitalism

    Capitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production, with the goal of making a profit. Central elements of capitalism include capital accumulation, competitive markets, and a price system. There are, however, multiple variants of capitalism, including laissez-faire, welfare capitalism, and state capitalism. Capitalism is considered to have been applied in a variety of historical cases, varying in time, geography, politics, and culture. There is general agreement that capitalism became dominant in the Western world following the demise of feudalism. Economists, political economists, and historians have taken different perspectives in their analysis of capitalism. Laissez-faire economists emphasize the degree to which government does not have control over markets and the importance of property rights. Others emphasize the need for government regulation, to prevent monopolies and to soften the effects of the boom and bust cycle. Most political economists emphasize private property as well, in addition to power relations, wage labor, class, and the uniqueness of capitalism as a historical formation. The extent to which different markets are free, as well as the rules defining private property, is a matter of politics and policy. Many states have what are termed mixed economies, referring to the varying degree of planned and market-driven elements in an economic system.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Capitalism

    A political and economic system characterized by individual rights, by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market. (From Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed)

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Capitalism' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4527

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Capitalism' in Nouns Frequency: #1887

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Capitalism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Capitalism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Capitalism in a Sentence

  1. Lori Day:

    I'm not upset that my daughter, now 23, has rejected my 'liberal' views that accept capitalism in any form, apparently, I'm not radical enough for her, and that's OK by me!

  2. Extinction Rebellion:

    Extinction Rebellion's latest target is McKinsey & Co, the world's leading management consultants, high priests of global capitalism, xR is demanding that McKinsey use its enormous influence over governments and business to effect drastic reduction of global carbon emissions and prevent the worst effects of climate breakdown.

  3. Noam Chomsky:

    Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century.

  4. Wyndham Lewis:

    In the democratic western countries so-called capitalism leads a saturnalia of freedom, like a bastard brother of reform.

  5. Norman Brenner:

    The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism.

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