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comprador

Syllabification: com·pra·dor
Pronunciation: /ˌkämprəˈdôr
 
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(also compradore)

Definition of comprador in English:

noun

A person within a country who acts as an agent for foreign organizations engaged in investment, trade, or economic or political exploitation.
Example sentences
  • Capitalist globalization has created new groups of what can be termed indigenous globalizers, aspiring members of the transnational capitalist class who have replaced the old compradors.
  • Many foreign merchants traded with the Chinese through compradores, who acted either as salaried employees or independent agents.
  • Their aim is to establish themselves as compradors for international capital in the north and east of the island and elsewhere in the region.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a local person employed in a European household in Southeast Asia or India to make small purchases and keep the household accounts): from Portuguese, 'buyer', from late Latin comparator, from Latin comparare 'to purchase', from com- 'with' + parare 'provide'.

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