private enterprise


Definition of private enterprise

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Recent Examples on the Web More important than the specific policies, however, has been Ms. Truss’s emphasis that economic growth rather than income redistribution can solve Britain’s problems, and that private enterprise can do it better than government direction. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 In the United States, where maintaining the cold chain is the domain of private enterprise, between thirty and forty per cent of the country’s food supply goes to waste in supermarkets, at restaurants, and at home. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 In 2011, President Raúl Castro authorized the buying and selling of homes as a way to reactivate the economy, giving more space to private enterprise. Andrea RodrÍguez, ajc, 22 June 2022 The country is simultaneously grappling with a slowdown in private enterprise wrought by regulations meant to mitigate income inequality. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2022 The investment firm stands out as venture capital peers in China struggle to raise cash during a crackdown on private enterprise and an economic slowdown brought on by the pandemic. Lulu Yilun Chen And Bloomberg, Fortune, 5 July 2022 China was already feeling the impact of a real estate slump and a crackdown on private enterprise. Laura He, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 The kind of work formerly possible only for an entire nation is being done quite nicely by a private enterprise. Jeff Bradford, Forbes, 23 May 2022 None of the tasks being done well as government always fails to do things efficiently as could be done by private enterprise. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of private enterprise

1789, in the meaning defined above

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16 Sep 2022

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“Private enterprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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