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means of production

Definition of Means of Production

(noun) The instruments and materials used to produce goods and services.

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Means of Production Pronunciation

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Syllabification: means of pro·duc·tion

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mEEnz uhv pruh-dUHk-shuhn/
  • British English – /mEEnz UHv pruh-dUHk-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /minz ʌv prəˈdʌkʃən/
  • British English – /miːnz ɒv prəˈdʌkʃən/

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Cite the Definition of Means of Production

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “means of production.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 5, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/means-of-production/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

means of production. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/means-of-production/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “means of production.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 5, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/means-of-production/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“means of production.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Mar. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/means-of-production/>.