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consumer

1. a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs
2. Ecology an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals

consumer

[kən′süm·ər]
(ecology)
A nutritional grouping in the food chain of an ecosystem, composed of heterotrophic organisms, chiefly animals, which ingest other organisms or particulate organic matter.

consumer

The average user in contrast to the professional user. Consumer products vary in quality, ranging from flimsy, inexpensive devices to very well made; however, the term implies non-professional usage. See prosumer and consumer electronics.
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For dissemination of the real connotation of financial consumer protection, the central bank had to issue the directive entailing the meaning of financial consumer protection and the conduct expected from banks and DFIs for the advocacy of financial consumer protection.
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"In the U.S., of course, black means African-American, and black consumer would simply denote an African-American consumer," an American living in New York said.
Talking to reporter, focal person District Consumer Protection Council (DCPC) Idrees Randhawa said consumer protection council and consumer courts are working to protect consumer rights.
"We went out of the gate knowing that it was incredibly important in order to make this idea fly to gain a very large mainstream or centrist consumer base, as opposed to just the green consumer segment," says Polisner.
When new regulations are proposed, it is important for legislators to weigh each one to determine if there is true consumer benefit or just additional cost to the consumer and provider.
Defining a "consumer citizen" as a "person who accepts any political situation as long as there is an abundance of consumer goods" (p.
"This is seen by many as a direct way by which they can influence the way the world is," explains Lawrence Gould, a London-based consumer markets analyst Fair Trade consumers are buying a story of personal connection, a vision of transparency, and an impression of political influence--not a bad deal for a few extra cents.
At approximately 7.1 billion lb, blow molded consumer packaging represented 64% of total blow molding resin consumed in 2005.
At a time when more Americans have no choice but to depend on consumer credit, more families find their cards offer no safety net at all--they are instead, in the words of Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, a cement life raft.
In 2006, they plan to triple their number of our consumer events and grow each program to increase national consumer awareness of the tangible benefits of green spaces.
According to Claudia Bourne Farrell, a spokeswomen for the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov), most consumers are unaware of specialty consumer reporting agencies unless they've been denied a particular service.