[ fiz-ee-uh-krat ]
/ ˈfɪz i əˌkræt /


one of a school of political economists who followed Quesnay in holding that an inherent natural order properly governed society, regarding land as the basis of wealth and taxation, and advocating a laissez-faire economy.

Nearby words

  1. physicological,
  2. physics,
  3. physics model,
  4. physio,
  5. physio-,
  6. physiocrats,
  7. physiogenic,
  8. physiognomy,
  9. physiographic province,
  10. physiography

Origin of physiocrat

From the French word physiocrate, dating back to 1790–1800. See physio-, -crat

Related formsphys·i·o·crat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for physiocrat


/ (ˈfɪzɪəʊˌkræt) /


a follower of Quesnay's doctrines of government, believing that the inherent natural order governing society was based on land and its natural products as the only true form of wealth
Derived Formsphysiocracy (ˌfɪzɪˈɒkrəsɪ), nounphysiocratic, adjective

Word Origin for physiocrat

C18: from French physiocrate; see physio-, -crat

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