ren·​tier | \ räⁿ-ˈtyā How to pronounce rentier (audio) \

Definition of rentier

: a person who lives on income from property or securities

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Recent Examples on the Web After describing his multiple homes, his yacht, and his private plane, Hanauer argued that the U.S. was at risk of becoming a neo-feudalist rentier society similar to France before the Revolution. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "The Ultra-Wealthy Who Argue That They Should Be Paying Higher Taxes," 30 Dec. 2019 However, living in fear is to lose the battle to the neo-luddites and the rentiers reluctant to change the status quo. Anirudh Rastogi, Quartz India, "India must look beyond the narrow definition of bitcoin as a cryptocurrency," 3 Oct. 2019 Decidedly less elite than the rentiers, they were attracted not by the potential to spend disposable income but by the natural canvas the region presented. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 Idealistic token buyers speculated that their contributions represented a down payment on a new world of unfettered interpersonal exchange, one free at last from banks and other rentiers. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 As with other rentier economies, private-sector activity such as construction depends heavily on public spending. Alex Dziadosz, The Atlantic, "The Economic Case Against an Independent Kurdistan," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rentier

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rentier

French, from Old French, from rente

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“Rentier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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ren·​tier | \ rän-ˈtyā, ˈrän-ˌtyā How to pronounce rentier (audio) \

Legal Definition of rentier

: a person who lives on income from property or securities

History and Etymology for rentier

French, from rente income from a property, rent

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