Definition of cartel
1 : a written agreement between belligerent nations
2 : a combination of independent commercial or industrial enterprises designed to limit competition or fix prices illegal drug cartels
3 : a combination of political groups for common action
Examples of cartel in a Sentence
a cartel of oil-producing nations that controls production and influences prices
Recent Examples of cartel from the Web
The paper also points out that President Obama used the privilege once while in office during a congressional inquiry into how weapons ended up with Mexican cartels.
Thousands of Mexican soldiers were sent to Juarez to fight the cartels who were held responsible for bloodshed.
The Beltrán Leyva cartel had once exerted control over the region’s criminals.
Russia agreed to the largest cut among non-cartel countries, pledging to lower output by 300,000 barrels per day.
The bloody execution was tied to Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, his Medellin cartel and the drug trade in South Florida.
In other parts of the country, radio stations have been pressured to stop playing the songs and some of the musicians who make them have been investigated for links to drug cartels.
Ulbricht was convicted in February of all seven counts against him, including narcotics trafficking and money laundering conspiracies, and even a kingpin charge usually reserved for mafia dons and drug cartel leaders.
The cartels are joined by a variety of gangs in the quest to dominate the global criminal opportunity space.
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Did You Know?
The literal meaning of Italian cartello, a derivative of carta, “leaf of paper,” is “placard.” The word is also used for a letter of defiance or a challenge. In this sense the Italian word was borrowed into Middle French as cartel, and the French word was borrowed into English. In English, a cartel was originally a letter of defiance. Later the word came to be used for a written agreement between warring nations to regulate such matters as the treatment and exchange of prisoners. Another type of agreement, a combination of commercial enterprises, is now called a cartel.
Did You Know?
A cartel is an organization of a few independent producers for the purpose of improving the profitability of the firms involved. This usually involves some restriction of output, control of price, and allocation of market shares. Members of a cartel generally maintain their separate identities and financial independence while engaging in cooperative policies. Cartels can either be domestic or international. Because cartels restrict competition and result in higher prices for consumers, they are outlawed in some countries. The only industry operating in the U.S. with a blanket exemption from the antitrust laws is major-league baseball.
CARTEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cartel for English Language Learners
: a group of businesses that agree to fix prices so they all will make more money
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