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[muh-nop-suh-nee] /məˈnɒp sə ni/
noun, plural monopsonies.
the market condition that exists when there is one buyer.
Compare duopsony, oligopsony.
Origin of monopsony
1930-35; mon- + Greek opsōnía shopping, purchase of provisions
Related forms
monopsonist, noun
monopsonistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monopsony
  • Silly suggestion of bartering considering how physicians operate in a market where insurance groups have monopsony power.
  • Doctor's receive a fixed fee for a service by the insurers, which have monopsony power.
  • But the government has a monopsony in intelligence for national security.
  • So a counterbalancing monopsony can actually reduce the deadweight loss created by providers.
  • Before you become appalled, imagine that the market for one of my organs is a monopsony and that the only buyer is you.
British Dictionary definitions for monopsony


noun (pl) -nies
a situation in which the entire market demand for a product or service consists of only one buyer
Derived Forms
monopsonistic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: mono- + Greek opsōnia purchase, from opsōnein to buy
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