anti-regulatory

adjective

an·​ti-reg·​u·​la·​to·​ry
ˌan-tē-ˈre-gyə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-regulatory (audio)
 also  -ˈrā-
variants or less commonly antiregulatory
: characterized by or expressing opposition to government regulation
The plan was instantly and angrily denounced by the hospital industry and anti-regulatory conservatives.Lawrence D. Brown

Examples of anti-regulatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the end, President Reagan came down on the side of Mr. Benedick and the State Department, overruling the anti-regulatory faction in his administration. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The 25-page opinion was a victory for anti-regulatory groups and consumer choice advocates. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 9 Jan. 2024 In turn, many of the candidates and think tanks supported by Big Oil gladly regurgitate an anti-regulatory and fossilized fuel ideology -- including opposition to strong action on climate change. Chris Mooney, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2010 Justices from across the ideological spectrum seemed skeptical of the challenge that was brought by a Washington state couple, backed by an anti-regulatory advocacy group, and is widely viewed as an effort to preemptively block Congress from creating a wealth tax. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 The Moores sought help from the anti-regulatory Competitive Enterprise Institute. Mark Sherman, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2023 In an unusual move, the senators also directly called out the other groups briefing the court for their conflicts of interest: The common thread through these anti-regulatory positions is massive funding from pro-corporate special interests. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 Legally, passing a fishing ban in America’s anti-regulatory zeitgeist seems unlikely. Laura Trethewey, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 As my colleague Grace Segers explained, right-wingers sour over debt ceiling negotiations deprived Congressman Thomas Massey of the votes necessary to start debating his colleagues’ two pro-asthma bills, along with other anti-regulatory measures. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 7 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-regulatory was in 1939

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“Anti-regulatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-regulatory. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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