What does socialism mean?

Definitions for socialism
ˈsoʊ ʃəˌlɪz əmso·cial·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. socialism(noun)

    a political theory advocating state ownership of industry

  2. socialism, socialist economy(noun)

    an economic system based on state ownership of capital


  1. socialism(Noun)

    Any of various economic and political philosophies that support social equality, collective decision-making, distribution of income based on contribution and public ownership of productive capital and natural resources, as advocated by socialists.

    Etymology: Attested since 1832; either from socialisme or from

  2. socialism(Noun)

    The socialist political philosophies as a group, including Marxism, libertarian socialism, democratic socialism, and social democracy.

    Etymology: Attested since 1832; either from socialisme or from

  3. socialism(Noun)

    The intermediate phase of social development between capitalism and full communism. This is a strategy whereby the state has control of all key resource-producing industries and manages most aspects of the economy, in contrast to laissez faire capitalism.

    Etymology: Attested since 1832; either from socialisme or from

Webster Dictionary

  1. Socialism(noun)

    a theory or system of social reform which contemplates a complete reconstruction of society, with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor. In popular usage, the term is often employed to indicate any lawless, revolutionary social scheme. See Communism, Fourierism, Saint-Simonianism, forms of socialism

    Etymology: [Cf. F. socialisme.]


  1. Socialism

    Socialism is an economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy. "Social ownership" may refer to cooperative enterprises, common ownership, state ownership, or citizen ownership of equity. There are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them. They differ in the type of social ownership they advocate, the degree to which they rely on markets or planning, how management is to be organised within productive institutions, and the role of the state in constructing socialism. A socialist economic system would consist of a system of production and distribution organized to directly satisfy economic demands and human needs, so that goods and services would be produced directly for use instead of for private profit driven by the accumulation of capital. Accounting would be based on physical quantities, a common physical magnitude, or a direct measure of labour-time in place of financial calculation. Distribution would be based on the principle to each according to his contribution. As a political movement, socialism includes a diverse array of political philosophies, ranging from reformism to revolutionary socialism. Proponents of state socialism advocate the nationalisation of the means of production, distribution and exchange as a strategy for implementing socialism. In contrast, libertarian socialism proposes the traditional view of direct worker's control of the means of production and opposes the use of state power to achieve such an arrangement, opposing both parliamentary politics and state ownership. Democratic socialism seeks to establish socialism through democratic processes and propagate its ideals within the context of a democratic political system.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Socialism

    a social system which, in opposition to the competitive system that prevails at present, seeks to reorganise society on the basis, in the main, of a certain secularism in religion, of community of interest, and co-operation in labour for the common good, agreeably to the democratic spirit of the time and the changes required by the rise of individualism and the decay of feudalism.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. socialism

    1. A sincere, sentimental, beneficent theory, which has but one objection, and that is, it will not work. 2. A plan by which the inefficient, irresponsible, ineffective, unemployable and unworthy will thrive without industry, persistence or economy. 3. An earnest effort to get Nature to change the rules for the benefit of those who are tired of the Game. 4. A social and economic scheme of government by which man shall loiter rather than labor. 5. A survival of the unfit. 6. A device for swimming without going near the _H_{2}O._. 7. Participation in profits without responsibility as to deficits. 8. An arrangement for destroying initiative, invention, creation and originality. 9. Resolutions passed by a committee as a substitute for work. 10. A sentiment which encouraged and evolved would lead to revolution, with dynamiting and destruction as a prominent and recognized part of its propaganda. 11. A system for turning water into wine, kerosene into oyster-soup, and boulders into bread, by passing resolutions.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Socialism

    A system of government in which means of production and distribution of goods are controlled by the state.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'socialism' in Nouns Frequency: #2109

How to pronounce socialism?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of socialism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of socialism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of socialism in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    We will never let socialism destroy American healthcare!

  2. Roland Racevskis:

    I think he can change people's views of socialism, but I'm not so starry-eyed to think it will be easy or he won't be attacked for it.

  3. Lew Rockwell:

    Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state. That this statement is still widely disputed only illustrates the degree to which malignant fantasy can capture the imagination of intellectuals.

  4. Gerald Gilder:

    If government could create jobs and raise children, socialism would have worked.

  5. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    Democracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

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