Definition of Capitalism

1. Noun. An economic system based on private ownership of capital.

Definition of Capitalism

1. Noun. (politics uncountable) 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. ¹

2. Noun. (economics uncountable) 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. ¹

3. Noun. a specific variation or implementation of either such socio-economic system. ¹

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Definition of Capitalism

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Capitalism

capital offense
capital operation
capital punishment
capital punishments
capital ship
capital ships
capital stock
capital surplus
capitalism (current term)
capitalist economy
capitalist realism

Literary usage of Capitalism

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1. Socialism: Critical and Constructive by James Ramsay MacDonald (1921)
"These, however, will not all be lost, and capitalism will try and compensate itself for ... Thus capitalism will still further mechanical- ize production, ..."

2. Christianizing the Social Order by Walter Rauschenbusch (1912)
"capitalism in its youth threw off the restraints upon competition created by ... The charge of Christianity against competitive capitalism is that it is unf ..."

3. Sea-Changes: American foreign policy in a world transformed by Nicholas X. Rizopoulos (1990)
"THE FUTURE OF capitalism Robert L. Heilbroner The emergence of capitalism as the ... It may well be that capitalism has always been such a dominant world ..."

4. Readings in Industrial Society: A Study in the Structure and Functioning of by Leon Carroll Marshall (1918)
"THE STATE AND capitalism- [NOTE.—The author's statement of the ways in which the state hindered capitalism may be summarized as follows: (i) by taxes so ..."

5. The Arena by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1907)
"capitalism is gathering plant after plant and industry after industry into enormous unions. The aggregate capitalization of the great trusts in the United ..."

6. An Introduction to the Study of Labor Problems by Gordon S. Watkins (1922)
"Socialism, therefore, is really the product of capitalism, since it is the ... Socialists not only criticize capitalism, but propose a substitution for it ..."

7. ...Russian Sociology: A Contribution to the History of Sociological Thought by Hecker, Julius Friedrich (1915)
"capitalism, from the subjective ethical point of view, ... Hence," concludes Struve, " capitalism is not merely an evil but is also a powerful agent of ..."

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