consumerism

[kuhn-soo-muh-riz-uhm]
noun
1.
a modern movement for the protection of the consumer against useless, inferior, or dangerous products, misleading advertising, unfair pricing, etc.
2.
the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
3.
the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods: a critic of American consumerism.

Origin:
1940–45, Americanism; consumer + -ism

anticonsumerism, noun
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consumerism (kənˈsjuːməˌrɪzəm)
 
n
1.  protection of the interests of consumers
2.  advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy
 
con'sumerist
 
n, —adj

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consumerism
1944, "protection of the consumer's interest," from consumer + -ism. Also, "encouraging consumption as an economic policy" (1960). Related: Consumerist (1965, n.; 1969, adj.).
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consumerism definition


A movement in the United States that seeks to protect consumers against shoddy or improperly labeled products. (See Ralph Nader.)

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Example sentences for anticonsumerism
Anticonsumerism is the sociopolitical movement against consumerism.
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