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- commoditie (archaic)
- (General American) IPA(key): /kəˈmɑdəti/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kəˈmɒdəti/
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- (business) Anything movable (a good) that is bought and sold. [from 15th c.]
- 1957 , Karl Polanyi, chapter 6, in The Great Transformation, Beacon Press: Boston, page 72:
- It is with the help of the commodity concept that the mechanism of the market is geared to the various elements of industrial life. Commodities are here empirically defined as objects produced for sale on the market; […] . But labor, land, and money are obviously not commodities; the postulate that anything that is bought and sold must have been produced for sale is emphatically untrue in regard to them.
- 1995, James G. Carrier, Gifts and Commodities: Exchange and Western Capitalism Since 1700, page 122:
- If a key part of shopping is the conversion of anonymous commodities into possessions, shopping is a cultural as much as an economic activity.
- 2001, Rachel Pain, Introducing Social Geographies, page 26:
- In human geography "commodities" usually refers to goods and services which are bought and sold. The simplest commodities are those produced by the production system just before they are sold.
- 2005, William Leiss, Botterill, Jacki, Social Communication in Advertising: Consumption in the Mediated Marketplace, page 307:
- Referring to the work of Bourdieu, Zukin (2004,38) notes that shopping is much more than the purchase of commodities.
- 2023 March 8, Gareth Dennis, “The Reshaping of things to come...”, in RAIL, number 978, page 48:
- For mineral trains, he adds little other than pointing out the need to expand single-commodity trains and to end the use of mixed-commodity services that required extensive marshalling.
- Something useful or valuable. [from 15th c.]
- 2008 January 14, Somerset County Gazette:
- And Slade said: "It really makes me sad that football club chairmen and boards seem to have lost that most precious commodity - patience. "Sam's sacking at Newcastle had, I suppose, been on the cards for a while, but it is really ridiculous to fire a manager after such a short time.
- (economics) Raw materials, agricultural and other primary products as objects of large-scale trading in specialized exchanges.
- The price of crude oil is determined in continuous trading between professional players in World's many commodities exchanges.
- (marketing) Undifferentiated goods characterized by a low profit margin, as distinguished from branded products.
- Although they were once in the forefront of consumer electronics, the calculators have become a mere commodity.
- (Marxism) Anything which has both a use-value and an exchange-value.
- (obsolete) Convenience; usefulness, suitability. [15th–19th c.]
- (obsolete) Self-interest; personal convenience or advantage. [16th–19th c.]
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 40, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book I, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], →OCLC:
- Shall we employ the intelligence Heaven hath bestowed upon us for our greatest good, to our ruine? repugning natures desseign and the universal order and vicissitude of things, which implieth that every man should use his instruments and meanes for his owne commoditie?
anything movable traded
primary product as object of trade
commodity m (plural commoditys)