free market


Definition of free market

: an economy operating by free competition

Examples of free market in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Councilwoman Mary Dunbar asked if the solution was better left to the free market, with restaurant owners simply not using the delivery services that have such extraneous payments for their customers. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021 Right-leaning justices may focus more on how the NCAA seeks to replace free market principles and economic analysis with bright line rules. Marc Edelman, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Support for paying market rates to Division I football and basketball players is consistent with ideals of this nation—equity, justice, freedom, and free market principles. Time, 30 Mar. 2021 Its origins lie in Roman Catholicism-a creed never entirely comfortable with the free market. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 26 Mar. 2021 Hastening this plight, in his view, was the American right’s devotion to the free market. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 More than any other state’s power sector, it is structured to work like a free market, and it is cut off from the rest of America’s electricity infrastructure in order to escape federal regulation. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2021 Democrats pushing such legislation aren't just motivated by giving athletes access to the free market through name, image and likeness (NIL) rights — a modest reform that has the full support of the NCAA and the Power Five. Ben Nuckols, Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 At the end of the day, though, the solution isn’t going to be found in policy, or in the invisible hand of the free market, or in the availability of childcare. Liz Elting, Forbes, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of free market

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free market was in 1642

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9 Jun 2021

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“Free market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of free market

: an economic market or system in which prices are based on competition among private businesses and not controlled by a government


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