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trade association

noun
1.
an association of people or companies in a particular business or trade, organized to promote their common interests.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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British Dictionary definitions for trade association

trade association

noun
1.
an association of organizations in the same trade formed to further their collective interests, esp in negotiating with governments, trade unions, etc
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Encyclopedia Article for trade association

voluntary association of business firms organized on a geographic or industrial basis to promote and develop commercial and industrial opportunities within its sphere of operation, to voice publicly the views of members on matters of common interest, or in some cases to exercise some measure of control over prices, output, and channels of distribution

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