Pronunciation: (kun-sOO'mu-riz"um), [key]
1. a modern movement for the protection of the consumer against useless, inferior, or dangerous products, misleading advertising, unfair pricing, etc.
2. the concept that an ever-expanding consumption of goods is advantageous to the economy.
3. the fact or practice of an increasing consumption of goods: a critic of American consumerism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.