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I am describing a comparison between two situations:

  1. A government (e.g. a communist one) that takes all the property of everyone and re-divides it.

  2. A government (e.g. a welfare state) that taxes some of the property of the rich people but lets them keep most of their property.

I am looking for a general noun that describes, in the second situation, the fact that people are allowed to keep their property. It should be used in the following sentence:

The second government satisfies the partial ___________ principle, which means that each person is allowed to keep a part of his property.

I am looking for a word which emphasizes the fact that they "keep" and "remain" with (some of) their current property

Maybe "persistence" or "consistency"? Something similar to these?

  • What if we invert the expression from "partial preservation" to "limited intervention"? That is, the govt. embarks upon an inteverntion into the citizens' property affairs, but only partial. – CowperKettle Nov 15 '15 at 14:16
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    partial appropriation? – user20792 Nov 15 '15 at 14:19
  • @CopperKettle this is possible, but I prefer to speak positively.. – Erel Segal-Halevi Nov 15 '15 at 15:10
  • partial redistribution principle – MaxW Nov 15 '15 at 17:57
  • I am looking for a word which emphasizes the fact that they "keep" and "remain" with (some of) their current property. – Erel Segal-Halevi Nov 15 '15 at 18:02
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The second government satisfies the partial retention principle, which means that each person is allowed to keep a part of his property.

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I would guess that it might be "partial ownership principle"

  • I am looking for a word which has a meaning similar to "remain" and "keep". – Erel Segal-Halevi Nov 15 '15 at 17:46

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