carte blanche

noun
\ ˈkärt-ˈblänch How to pronounce carte blanche (audio) , -ˈbläⁿsh How to pronounce carte blanche (audio) \
plural cartes blanches\ ˈkärt(s)-​ˈblänch How to pronounce cartes blanches (audio) , -​ˈbläⁿsh How to pronounce cartes blanches (audio) \

Definition of carte blanche

: full discretionary (see discretion sense 1a) power was given carte blanche to furnish the house

Examples of carte blanche in a Sentence

We gave the decorator carte blanche to furnish the house.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet the White House apparently viewed a positive test result as carte blanche to behave as if SARS-Cov-2 didn’t exist. Matthew Herper, STAT, "The lesson from Trump catching Covid-19: With this virus, there are no magic bullets," 5 Oct. 2020 But Congress has given the Census Bureau carte blanche authority over the methods and manner to conduct the enumeration including its schedule. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Supreme Court’s Census Reprieve," 14 Oct. 2020 The decision essentially granted a carte blanche to any religious employer hoping to avoid discrimination claims by designating salaried employees as ministers. Stephanie Russell-kraft, The New Republic, "The Religious Hijacking of the Supreme Court Doesn’t Require Amy Barrett," 6 Oct. 2020 Going green domestically only goes so far if coal, oil and gas continue to be shipped halfway around the world from U.S. ports, and fossil fuel producers are given carte blanche to keep drilling at home and abroad. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Drilling for Oil While California Burns," 10 Sep. 2020 In other words, President Trump has no basis for giving carte blanche for the use of convalescent plasma. Arthur Caplan, STAT, "We don’t know if convalescent plasma is effective against Covid-19. With the emergency authorization, we might never know," 24 Aug. 2020 Change in policing can and should happen, even without a vote this year, but at this point the council members will not be given carte blanche to remake it in their flawed image. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Minneapolis charter amendment, police, stifling sneezes," 7 Aug. 2020 Fong liked his work and gave him carte blanche in the community. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "A leap into the past: San Francisco’s Chinatown in the 1930s and ’40s," 1 Aug. 2020 With Biden at the helm, the president claims, lawlessness would reign and liberal activists would be given carte blanche to uproot memorials to prominent historical figures and delegitimize the existence of the U.S. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Interview: Pence declares only Trump can save America and its history from the mob," 11 July 2020

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First Known Use of carte blanche

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carte blanche

French, literally, blank document

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8 Nov 2020

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“Carte blanche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carte%20blanche. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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carte blanche

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English Language Learners Definition of carte blanche

: permission to do something in any way you choose to do it

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