phys·​io·​crat ˈfi-zē-ə-ˌkrat How to pronounce physiocrat (audio)
often capitalized
: a member of a school of political economists founded in 18th century France and characterized chiefly by a belief that government policy should not interfere with the operation of natural economic laws and that land is the source of all wealth
physiocratic adjective often capitalized

Word History


French physiocrate, from physi- physi- + -crate -crat

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of physiocrat was in 1798

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“Physiocrat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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