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- n. An entrepreneur; a person who undertakes an enterprise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who undertakes enterprises.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An adventurer; a person who engages in important or hazardous undertakings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it
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I'm a businessman and a free enterpriser from a long way back.
Before embarking on any investment or line of production, the entrepreneur, or "enterpriser," must estimate present and future costs and future revenues and therefore estimate whether and how much profits he will earn from the investment.
When that happens, Keynes cautioned, "enterprise will fade and die," and where "effective demand is deficient not only is the public scandal of wasted resources intolerable, but the individual enterpriser who seeks to bring these resources into action is operating with the odds loaded against him."
If Mr. Schoen wants to give the president some useful advice with regard to stabilizing the economy, he will urge him to become a free-enterpriser.
I'll say ideology, pure ideology, are you an Adam Smith free enterpriser?
The leader here was John Holker, the French enterpriser and military contractor.
He was, as well, an active, hustling enterpriser, constantly on the move, always alert to new investors and opportunities.
I am a free enterpriser, a federal Conservative with deep roots in the Reform movement.
It was the merchant-enterpriser state, the state which dedicated itself to the promotion of business.
A Loveland, Colorado, enterpriser has created t-shirts depicting the "pond monster" recently in the news.