Definition of laissez-faire in English:
noun[mass noun, usually as modifier]
1The policy of leaving things to take their own course, without interfering: a laissez-faire attitude to life
More 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 capitalism
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- 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.
free enterprise, private enterprise, free trade, individualism, non-intervention, free-market capitalism, private ownership, market forces, deregulation;
non-interference, non-involvement, indifference
- laissez-faireism noun
- Example sentences
- Have you noticed how laisser-faireism has become the pervading truth?
French, literally 'allow to do'.
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