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capitalism

cap·i·tal·ism

capitalism

 
pronunciation:
kae pih t lih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition: an economic system in which land, factories, and other resources are owned by individuals instead of the government. In this system, the prices of things we buy are decided by the people who sell them and not by the government.
Under capitalism, the rights of the individual are important.
similar words:
competition
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-ism2 Greek noun-forming suffix that means doctrine, belief, theory
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The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism ," -ism means "bias based on," as in "sexism " and "ageism ." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.