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surplus value Syllabification: sur·plus val·ue
Pronunciation: /ˈsərpləs ˈvalyo͞o/

Definition of surplus value in English:


(In Marxist theory) the excess of value produced by the labor of workers over the wages they are paid.
Example sentences
  • At a certain point it is confronted with the fact that it is a claim on surplus value and this surplus value has to be actually extracted from the working class.
  • Out of the growing mass of surplus value, capitalist governments were able to finance social welfare spending and other concessions to the working class.
  • Surplus labour creates surplus value, and on Marx's analysis, surplus value is the source of all profit.
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