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Definitions of socialism

  1. A theory or system of social reform which contemplates a complete reconstruction of society, with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor. In popular usage, the term is often employed to indicate any lawless, revolutionary social scheme. See Communism, Fourierism, Saint-Simonianism, forms of socialism. Newage Dictionary DB
  2. The economic doctrine that the welfare of society depends on government control of economic activities, and that economic opportunity should be equal for all; the political movement based on this doctrine. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. The name given to schemes for regenerating society by a more equal distribution of property and esp. by substituting the principle of association for that of competition. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. Doctrine of a socialist. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A system that at the public collective ownarship of land and capital, and public management of all industries. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A system which, in opposition to the competitive system at present prevailing, seeks to re-organize society on the basis, in the main, of a certain secularism in religion, of community of interest, and of co-operation in labour for the common good. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. That system which has for its object the reconstruction of society on the basis of a community of property, and association instead of competition in every branch of human industry; communism. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for socialism

  1. For the time is at hand when they must cease to look upon socialism as inevitable in order to make it so. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  2. Socialism reached into her mind, to be rejected. – The Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey