free enterprise


: freedom of private business to organize and operate for profit in a competitive system without interference by government beyond regulation necessary to protect public interest and keep the national economy in balance

Examples of free enterprise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Economic disadvantage, meanwhile, speaks to an individual’s inability to compete in the free enterprise system because their identity impairs their access to capital and credit. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 But later in August 2018, Ball State trustees changed course on Papa John's controversy, and voted to remove Schnatter’s name from both the institute and a distinguished professorship of free enterprise and return the money donated by the Schnatter Family Foundation. The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2024 That’s tragic, not only for TikTok’s millions of avid American fans but also for the greater cause of innovation and free enterprise. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 24 Mar. 2024 Without defending the tax that is government spending for even a second, the fact that country debt followed a broader embrace of free enterprise reads as very much a statement of the obvious, as opposed to the negative way in which Palen described it. John Tamny, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Through numerous programs, National Review Institute has become a major force in the promotion of conservative principles of limited government, free enterprise, and national security. Peter J. Travers, National Review, 30 Dec. 2023 National Review has been an essential defender of our democratic and free-market institutions since its founding in 1955, and National Review Institute, the nonprofit journalistic think tank that supports the NR mission, remains steadfast in its commitment to free enterprise. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, 26 Dec. 2023 And Dutcher isn’t the kind of coach to discourage or limit free enterprise. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2023 This urban form was underpinned by the hegemony of U.S. power, which secured a global market and culture that stressed free enterprise. Simon Curtis and Ian Klaus, Foreign Affairs, 27 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free enterprise was in 1890

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“Free enterprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

free enterprise

: freedom of private business to operate with little regulation by the government
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