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English definition of “state monopoly”

state monopoly

noun [C or U]
 
 
(also public monopoly)
GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS an organization owned by a government which supplies all of a particular product or service, with no competitors, or a situation in which this happens: The company is a former state monopoly in which the Japanese government still holds a large proportion of the shares. The tobacco industry has been run as a state monopoly since the revolution. In China most commodities, except 16 crucial ones which are currently under state monopoly, are open to all enterprises.
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