free enterprise


Definition of 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 The ensuing meltdown is less than a triumph of free enterprise. John Anderson, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2021 All of the candidates tout their devotion to gun rights, free enterprise, school choice, religious freedom and law enforcement. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 Kir Nuthi is an associate contributor at Young Voices writing on issues related to digital free speech and free enterprise. Kir Nuthi, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2021 Ayres, the Republican pollster, said that governors trying to control the virus policies of schools, employers and local officials were breaking with years of tradition on free enterprise and local control., 31 Aug. 2021 Economic opportunities like access to capital and many of the things outlined in Trump’s Black Economic Plan rooted in free enterprise should be implemented realizing the growing number of Black women entrepreneurs in America. Donna M. Owens, Essence, 29 July 2021 Conscious capitalism combines the potential of free enterprise capitalism with principles that promote cooperation, large-scale progress and mutually beneficial outcomes. Yec, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Genuine democracy requires free enterprise, and vice versa . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 23 July 2021 Washington’s power and the future of American free enterprise hinge on how the drama surrounding the infrastructure legislation plays out. Karl Rove, WSJ, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of free enterprise

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free enterprise was in 1890

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23 Oct 2021

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“Free enterprise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of free enterprise

: a system in which private businesses are able to compete with each other with little control by the government


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