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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 the means of production and distribution are privately owned and prices are chiefly determined by open competition in a free market.
The individual's right to pursue material wealth with little interference from government is considered one of the tenets of capitalism.
similar words:
competition, free enterprise, free market, laissez faire
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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.