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A supporter or advocate of Robert Owen or his proposed system of social reform.
Of or relating to Robert Owen or his supporters, or in accordance with his theories of cooperation.
A supporter of David Owen or his policies.
Of or relating to David Owen, his policies, or his supporters.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in New-Harmony (lndiana) Gazette. From the name of Robert Owen + -ite<br>1980s; earliest use found in The Economist. From the name of David Anthony Llewellyn Owen (b. 1938), British politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party 1983–7 + -ite.
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