rentier

noun
ren·tier | \räⁿ-ˈtyā \

Definition of rentier 

: a person who lives on income from property or securities

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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

French, from rente income from a property, rent

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rentier

noun
ren·tier | \rän-ˈtyā, ˈrän-ˌtyā \

Legal Definition of rentier 

: a person who lives on income from property or securities

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