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private enterprise

Something that one pursues, often illegally, as a means to personal gain. Did you hear that she's started dabbling in some private enterprise and selling things on the black market?
See also: enterprise, private
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Omitted is any acknowledgement that, if permitted, private enterprise might achieve comparable advances in space exploration with greater efficiency and at no cost to the taxpaying public.
What is OK and to be expected is to have a little private enterprise here, a little public enterprise there.
Constitutional amendments adopted earlier this month by China's parliament describe private enterprise as "an important component" instead of just a "complement" to the socialist economy.
Petersburg association was the fact that it included, besides PR people from the state structures, a few members working for private enterprises.
BCFC offers three exceptions: Nonprofits may carry on activities specifically authorized by statute; may continue activities not regularly carried on; and may offer goods or services if no private source is capable of doing so and the Private Enterprise Review Commission determines that the activity is in the public interest.
In East Germany, however, private enterprise was initially accepted after 1945, perhaps because the Soviet Union wanted to maintain conditions favorable for a possible unification of Germany.
Add to these problems the unsolved mysteries of patent rights in space, the handling of proprietary information, the allocation of limited payload areas -- and private enterprise clutches its pocketbook.
He said Nicaragua has opened its doors to investors and assured them of proper working conditions, adding "they treat private enterprises with kid gloves, they are giving concessions and benefits and issues, and here we are closing them down, really, then this style of government that we have is suicide, that is to say, it is a government that does not understand how private enterprise works".
The taxpayer is expected to bail out those failed examples of private enterprise, the banks, yet private enterprise is expected to bail out Royal Mail and its pension fund.
TransOrbital may be the first private enterprise to get through the hoop, but it isn't the only one in the running: The Virginia-based LunaCorp, for example, hopes to put a craft into lunar orbit next year as well.
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