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[kuh n-soo-muh-riz-uh m] /kənˈsu məˌrɪz əm/
a modern movement for the protection of the consumer against useless, inferior, or dangerous products, misleading advertising, unfair pricing, etc.
the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods:
a critic of American consumerism.
Origin of consumerism
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45; consumer + -ism
Related forms
anticonsumerism, noun Unabridged
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protection of the interests of consumers
advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy
Derived Forms
consumerist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for consumerism

1944, "protection of the consumer's interest," from consumer + -ism. Also, "encouraging consumption as an economic policy" (1960). Related: Consumerist (1965, n.; 1969, adj.).

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consumerism in Culture

consumerism definition

A movement in the United States that seeks to protect consumers against shoddy or improperly labeled products. (See Ralph Nader.)

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