Definition of monopoly
1 : exclusive ownership through legal privilege, command of supply, or concerted action
2 : exclusive possession or control no country has a monopoly on morality or truth — Helen M. Lynd
3 : a commodity controlled by one party had a monopoly on flint from their quarries — Barbara A. Leitch
4 : one that has a monopoly The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.
Examples of monopoly in a Sentence
The government passed laws intended to break up monopolies.
Recent Examples of monopoly from the Web
For more information, read our in-depth explainer on the long-running Google vs. Europe anti-monopoly case.
Other hurdles could still delay the project, mostly in the form of the Moroun family's seemingly endless legal challenges to protect their current monopoly at the Ambassador Bridge.
State companies -- insulated from market pressures by monopolies and access to government financing -- are seen by many as a drag on the world’s second-largest economy.
At the same time, the barriers to entry are not high enough to allow Uber to achieve a monopoly.
In fact, closing off access to global markets created new opportunities for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to tighten its grip on the economy through smuggling and monopolies.
Gentile said there are 12 states where there is a health insurance monopoly and people in those 12 states should have access to the same medical market place as Congress.
To solve the crisis of high drug prices, the group discussed strengthening the monopoly rights of pharmaceuticals overseas, ending discounts for low-income hospitals and accelerating drug approvals by the Food and Drug Administration.
When the news of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods broke, some wondered whether Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was flying too close to the anti-trust sun, teetering on the verge of an unfair monopoly.
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Origin and Etymology of monopoly
Latin monopolium, from Greek monopōlion, from mon- + pōlein to sell
First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
MONOPOLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of monopoly for English Language Learners
: complete control of the entire supply of goods or of a service in a certain area or market
: a large company that has a monopoly
: complete ownership or control of something
MONOPOLY Defined for Kids
Definition of monopoly for Students
1 : complete ownership or control of the entire supply of goods or a service in a certain market
2 : a person or group having complete control over something The laws are intended to prevent monopolies.
3 : complete ownership or control of something He thinks he has a monopoly on the truth.
Legal Definition of monopoly
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