from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The movement seeking to protect and inform consumers by requiring such practices as honest packaging and advertising, product guarantees, and improved safety standards.
  • n. The theory that a progressively greater consumption of goods is economically beneficial.
  • n. Attachment to materialistic values or possessions: deplored the rampant consumerism of contemporary society.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A policy of protecting and informing consumers through honesty in advertising and packaging, improved safety standards etc
  • n. A materialistic attachment to possessions
  • n. An economic theory that increased consumption is beneficial to a nation's economy in the long run.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically beneficial
  • n. a movement advocating greater protection of the interests of consumers


consumer +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)



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