private enterprise

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Origin of private enterprise

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for private enterprise

private enterprise

  1. economic activity undertaken by private individuals or organizations under private ownershipCompare public enterprise
  2. another name for capitalism
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private enterprise in Culture

private enterprise

Business carried on for profit and not owned by the government; also, the system that discourages public ownership of business; the same as free enterprise. (See private sector.)

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