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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. Pete Buttigieg:

    Most Americans don't see where they fit if they've got to choose between a socialist who thinks that capitalism is the root of all evil and a billionaire who thinks that money ought to be the root of all power, let's put forward somebody who is actually a Democrat.

  2. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    It’s not really that I hate capitalism; I really couldn’t care less what kind of system of economic distribution we have, as long as it works for the good of all.

  3. Russell Napier:

    Any seller can put up any research they want, at any price they like, you are buying analysts' time ... It's the cutting edge of capitalism.

  4. Bo Hines:

    My constituents are worriedabout tech censorship, that's something I don't think Congresswoman Foxx has hit on much. ...We have a very America First agenda. We’re going to press that hard. Ithink the American people understand capitalism is the best way to grow the economy ...but also want fair trade.

  5. Richard Levick:

    This is extraordinary. It's corporate America saying,' Enough,' capitalism is trying to ride to the rescue of a political system that doesn't have an answer.

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