Monopoly

Definition of Monopoly

Mo`nop´o`ly
n.1.The exclusive power, or privilege of selling a commodity; the exclusive power, right, or privilege of dealing in some article, or of trading in some market; sole command of the traffic in anything, however obtained; as, the proprietor of a patented article is given a monopoly of its sale for a limited time; chartered trading companies have sometimes had a monopoly of trade with remote regions; a combination of traders may get a monopoly of a particular product.
Raleigh held a monopoly of cards, Essex a monopoly of sweet wines.
- Macaulay.
2.Exclusive possession; as, a monopoly of land.
If I had a monopoly out, they would have part on 't.
- Shak.
3.The commodity or other material thing to which the monopoly relates; as, tobacco is a monopoly in France.

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