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1944, "protection of the consumer's interest," from consumer + -ism. Also, "encouraging consumption as an economic policy" (1960). Related: Consumerist (1965, n.; 1969, adj.).
A movement in the United States that seeks to protect consumers against shoddy or improperly labeled products. (See Ralph Nader.)