contract system


Definition of contract system

1 : an arrangement whereby industrial activities are carried out by a contractor intermediary between the manufacturer or entrepreneur and the workers
2 : the system of selling to a contractor at a fixed sum per unit of time the labor of convicts to be performed within a prison under prison discipline with the contractor supervising the work and furnishing the materials — compare convict labor system, lease system

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“Contract system.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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