a person who has capital, especially extensive capital, invested in business enterprises.
a very wealthy person.
Origin of capitalist
Related formsan·ti·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjectivenon·cap·i·tal·ist, nounpre·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjectivepro·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjective
First recorded in 1785–95; capital1
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As a matter of fact, Smith restricted this conclusion to primitive and pre-capitalist societies.
In other words, the wealth of pre-capitalist society consisted in the possession of use-values, and not of exchange-values.
It has been valid in all pre-capitalist forms of production and will also be valid in the future in a socialist order of society.
British Dictionary definitions for pre-capitalist
a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
politics a supporter of capitalism
informal, usually derogatory a rich person
Derived Formscapitalistic, adjective
of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
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Word Origin and History for pre-capitalist
1791, "man of money," from French capitaliste, a coinage of the Revolution and a term of reproach; see capital (n.1) + -ist. Related: Capitalistic.
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