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English definition of “legal monopoly”

legal monopoly

noun
 
 
COMMERCE, ECONOMICS
[C or U] a situation in which a government gives the right to provide particular goods or services to one company: a legal monopoly on/over sth The chemicals group has a legal monopoly on UK opiate production.
[C] a company that has the right to be the only one that provides particular goods or services within a country or area: Railroads and airlines have been operated as legal monopolies at different periods.
(Definition of legal monopoly from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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