consumer goods

plural noun

Definition of consumer goods 

: goods that directly satisfy human wants

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To date, China has relied on manufacturing and exporting basic consumer goods like clothing, shoes and consumer electronics to drive the country’s growth. Kristen Hopewell, Washington Post, "What is ‘Made in China 2025’ — and why is it a threat to Trump’s trade goals?," 3 May 2018 The Trump administration targeted Chinese goods that are used for businesses, avoiding popular consumer goods. Phillip Molnar,, "Can the U.S. economy withstand a trade war?," 13 July 2018 Amazon employees at the 850,000 square-foot center will pack and ship small items like books, electronics and consumer goods, according to a press release. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Romulus Amazon facility now hiring 1,500 new full-time employees," 11 July 2018 When the war was over at last, the U.S. lifted its ban on steel consumer goods. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 While the direct impact on consumer goods appears to be limited for now, Trump's 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods will hit products sold to certain American manufacturers, medical device makers and farmers, among others. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "How President Trump's Chinese tariffs affect American consumers," 6 July 2018 The new Canadian tariffs, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, are hitting a long list of U.S. consumer goods, including ketchup and other Kraft Heinz products. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada tariffs on US goods from ketchup to lawn mowers begin," 1 July 2018 Of all consumer goods, wine is one of the hardest for which to shop. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Charles Smith 'Boom Boom' Syrah," 28 June 2018 Beijing also has cut import duties on autos and some consumer goods and promised to remove limits on foreign ownership in its auto, insurance and finance industries. Washington Post, "China, EU to form group to modernize global trade rules," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of consumer goods

1901, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of consumer goods

: products that people buy for personal use or for use at home

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Legal Definition of consumer goods 

see good sense 2

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