noun[mass noun, usually as modifier]
- 1The policy of leaving things to take their own course, without interfering: a laissez-faire attitude to lifeMore example sentences
- That doesn't mean advocating a policy of laissez-faire; it means helping all people to work together for their common good.
- For example, the hunting of musk-oxen was banned at the end of World War I, but generally policy was laissez-faire.
- David J. Hanson, a retired professor from nearby Syracuse University, has studied youth drinking and likes Montreal's laissez-faire policies.
- 1.1 Economics Abstention by governments from interfering in the workings of the free market: laissez-faire capitalismMore example sentences
- The original Western nineteenth-century route to modernization was associated with laissez-faire capitalism, individualism, and democracy.
- In all of his complaining about laissez-faire and the free market, Polanyi somehow overlooks probably the single most important aspect of this system: freedom.
- The laissez-faire philosophy of competitive capitalism translated into untold misery for the laboring classes in industrial cities.
French, literally 'allow to do'.