\ ˈfer-ˈtrād How to pronounce fair-trade (audio) \
fair-traded; fair-trading; fair-trades

Definition of fair-trade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to market (a commodity) in compliance with the provisions of a fair-trade agreement

fair trade


Definition of fair trade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : trade in conformity with a fair-trade agreement
2 : a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices

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Other Words from fair-trade


fair trader noun

Examples of fair-trade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Neighborly, which carries fair trade and ethically sourced products, many of them with Chicago themes, has exceeded sales expectations and is having trouble keeping some of the more popular items in stock, said owner Jenny Beorkrem. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "'We’re trying to get people to notice.’ Riverwalk marketplace’s small vendors cope with weather, late start, hidden location in first season.," 29 Aug. 2019 If the net result is a fair trade deal with Beijing that includes long-term supply agreements for oil and gas, America's producers and the business community, in general, will be pleased. Dan K. Eberhart For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Thank Trump for America's new oil markets," 9 Aug. 2019 The trade agreement, which has bipartisan support, will replace the antiquated North American Free Trade Agreement and lead to fairer trade and economic growth for our country. James D. Schultz For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Trump has the upper hand in the trade war with China. He can't back down now," 25 Sep. 2019 Then there was a World Trade Organization ruling on Airbus SE’s long-running subsidy fight with Boeing Co., which gave the White House enough ammunition to threaten tariffs on at least $11 billion in European goods under the cloak of fair trade. Washington Post, "Donald Trump Throws a Tax Bomb at Emmanuel Macron," 11 July 2019 The Trump administration has argued that its tariffs on aluminum, steel and other foreign goods may raise raw material costs or consumer prices today, but that short-term pain is worth the long-term pursuit of fairer trade. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Boatbuilder’s Million-Dollar Problem: No One Wants to Eat the Tariff," 28 June 2019 With this mission in mind, the activist brand guarantees that each quality bag is ethically manufactured using fair trade practices in Nepal, meaning the craftsmen and women are paid fair wages and work under suitable conditions. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018 In its ruling, the Connecticut court (upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court) said companies that market military-style guns to civilians as a way of killing enemies could be violating state fair trade laws. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Parkland parents see hope in Supreme Court decision on suing gun-makers," 13 Nov. 2019 In its ruling the court said companies that market military-style guns to civilians as a way of killing enemies could be violating state fair trade laws. Washington Post, "Supreme Court allows families of Sandy Hook shooting victims to sue gunmaker Remington," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fair-trade


1947, in the meaning defined above


1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fair-trade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fair-trade. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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transitive verb

Legal Definition of fair-trade

: to market (a commodity) in compliance with the provisions of a fair-trade agreement

Other Words from fair-trade

fair trade noun
fair trader noun

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