natural monopoly


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natural monopoly UK US noun [C or U] ECONOMICS, COMMERCE
a situation in which one company is able to supply the whole market for a product or service more cheaply than two or more companies could: »

Technology has moved on, turning what was once a natural monopoly into a potentially competitive market.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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