industrial espionage


noun

the stealing of technological or commercial research data, blueprints, plans, etc., as by a person in the hire of a competing company.

Nearby words

  1. industrial design,
  2. industrial development certificate,
  3. industrial diamond,
  4. industrial disease,
  5. industrial engineering,
  6. industrial estate,
  7. industrial insurance,
  8. industrial life insurance,
  9. industrial medicine,
  10. industrial melanism

Origin of industrial espionage

First recorded in 1960–65

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British Dictionary definitions for industrial espionage

industrial espionage

noun

attempting to obtain trade secrets by dishonest means, as by telephone- or computer-tapping, infiltration of a competitor's workforce, etc
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