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[stuh-kah-nuh-viz-uh m, stah-hah-no-]
  1. a method for increasing production by rewarding individual initiative, developed in the Soviet Union in 1935.
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Origin of Stakhanovism

First recorded in 1935–40; Stakhanov(ite) + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for stakhanovism


  1. (in the former Soviet Union) a system designed to raise production by offering incentives to efficient workers
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Derived FormsStakhanovite, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C20: named after A. G. Stakhanov (1906–77), Soviet coal miner, the worker first awarded benefits under the system in 1935
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