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German Kameralist, from New Latin cameralista, from Medieval Latin cameralis + Latin -ista (-ist), from camera (chamber) (English camera), from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamára). Sense is due to administrators in the royal chamber; compare political sense of cabinet.


cameralist (plural cameralists)

  1. A public administrative servant of continental rulers of the 17th and 18th centuries who was a mercantilist and advocated economic policies tending to strengthen the position of the ruler.
  2. (economics) An economist who strongly emphasizes political factors in recommending economic policy.

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