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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Landlordism \Land"lord`ism\, n. The state of being a landlord; the characteristics of a landlord; specifically, in Great Britain, the relation of landlords to tenants, especially as regards leased agricultural lands.
--J. S. Mill.


n. 1 An economic system under which a few private individuals (landlords) own property, and rent it to tenants. 2 A specific variation or implementation of such a system.