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Group of firms or nations who attempt to control price or supply of a commodity (such as oil) through mutual restraint on production. Although such collusion among sovereign countries (such as in OPEC) is grudgingly accepted, it is illegal among corporations. See also oligopoly.

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The drug cartel wreaked havoc on the community and was responsible for a variety of crimes against people and property.
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Desperate for oil, foreign governments had no choice but to give in to the excessive demands of the new and aggressive cartel.
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When the governments saw the excess of bananas rotting away in cellars, a cartel among those governments was introduced to control how many bananas were grown so that they might not lose value due to an overabundance of them.
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