[dih-strib-yoo-tiz-uh m]


a socioeconomic theory and system advocating widespread ownership of private property and the means of production: based on late 19th-century Catholic teachings on economic and social justice.

Nearby words

  1. distribution,
  2. distribution channel,
  3. distribution curve,
  4. distribution function,
  5. distributional,
  6. distributive,
  7. distributive bargaining,
  8. distributive education,
  9. distributive law,
  10. distributive property

Origin of distributism

First recorded in 1920–25; distribut(e) + -ism

Also called dis·trib·u·tiv·ism, dis·tri·bu·tion·ism [dis-truh-byoo-shuh-niz-uh m] /ˌdɪs trəˈbyu ʃəˌnɪz əm/.

Related formsdis·trib·u·tist, noun, adjective

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