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

Definition of rentier

: a person who lives on income from property or securities

Examples of rentier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, the tech industry, seeking its own share of the rentier’s pie, would rather speak of novel public-private partnerships and unexpected insights garnered from parsing millions of private medical records. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 28 May 2021 The roots of the economic crisis are complicated, but as Hannes Baumann explains in a recent paper, the Lebanese elite has for decades pursued a form of unproductive rentier capitalism. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 6 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 June 2018 As with other rentier economies, private-sector activity such as construction depends heavily on public spending. Alex Dziadosz, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2017 See More

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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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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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