[ 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM consumerisman·ti·con·sum·er·ism, noun
Words nearby consumerism
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British Dictionary definitions for anti-consumerism
/ (kənˈsjuːməˌrɪzəm) /
protection of the interests of consumers
advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy
Derived forms of consumerismconsumerist, noun, adjective
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Cultural definitions for anti-consumerism
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