free market


Definition of free market 

: an economy operating by free competition

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That was a big deal, and a competitive factor to Boeing being able to compete in the free market. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim talks antitrust on Recode Decode," 1 Sep. 2018 China is North Korea's most important economic partner and has long sought to convince it to follow Beijing's path of enacting free market reforms while maintaining tight single-party rule. Christopher Bodeen, The Christian Science Monitor, "China steps in to urge North Korea to go through with US summit," 16 May 2018 To me, a failure in the marketplace could mean failure in enforcement of the free market. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim talks antitrust on Recode Decode," 1 Sep. 2018 Despite this free market argument, USTelecom also recently argued that broadband providers are like utilities and should therefore be subsidized by the government. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast/Charter lobby asks FTC to preempt state broadband regulations," 23 Aug. 2018 Kirk, 24, began Turning Point USA in 2012 to motivate and organize college conservatives around free market ideals. Author: Astead W. Herndon, Anchorage Daily News, "Trumpism finds a safe space at a conservative women's conference," 18 June 2018 Most Americans now really do seem to want less of a free market in health care rather than more. Justin Fox, New York Times, "How Rampant Globalization Brought Us Trump," 18 May 2018 Arguably, Zuckerberg has spent the past decade and a half taking advantage of the forces of a free market and benefitting from the romanticism with which our culture has treated the kid-in-a-dorm founder, the embodiment of the modern American dream. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Congress Is Unearthing Facebook’s Terrible Power," 11 Apr. 2018 For decades the country has had a largely free market in corporate control. The Economist, "Why foreign investment into Britain remains so strong," 5 Apr. 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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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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