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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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New ideals of citizenship as passive consumership emerged.
There are such people -- individuals, families and groups who are choosing to be less a part of the formal economy, who are valuing authentic public and private relationships more highly than consumership, and who are redefining both their work and their work spaces.
He concludes with some insightful remarks on the "tension between consumership and citizenship.
Now, I haven't heard yet, and I don't know if anybody who's a journalist in this room, has an intellectually nimble, compelling, creative and publicly defensible conception of what citizenship is, as opposed to consumership, as opposed to mere membership in this society, as opposed to simply being a person, a private individual.
Cookson argues that "if consumership does replace citizenship as the basic ethos and driving force of American education, the public school system will cease to exist as we have known it.
Research in the field of active consumership and sustainability distinguishes different types of consumer involvement, or active consumership as it is also known: ethical consumption (e.