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

  • n. A political theory advocating the use of democratic means to achieve a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism.

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  • n. A moderate political philosophy or ideology that aims to achieve socialistic goals within capitalist society such as by means of a strong welfare state and regulation of private industry.
  • n. The peaceful and gradual transition from capitalism to socialism by democratic means.
  • n. A society based on either of the above.

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

  • n. the belief in a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism by democratic means

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