free market


Definition of free market

: an economy operating by free competition

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Not only was the presence of the city's free market a huge influence on the economic reforms of the late 1970s and '80s, but investment in the mainland from Hong Kong tops that from everywhere else combined. Doug Criss, CNN, "The unique reasons why millions in Hong Kong are protesting," 1 July 2019 Both conservatives and libertarians, as Nisbet noted, accept the free market; the panel on economic issues accordingly concentrated on such arcana as central banking and private currencies. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Moving Portrait," 4 June 2019 Half of the respondents say commitment to free markets is a good description of the country, down from 68% two decades ago. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Americans Aren’t Sure U.S. System Can Fix Long-Term Problems, Poll Finds," 21 June 2019 The next Tory leader will be under pressure to continue the metamorphosis of his party from a force for free markets into a right-wing populist outfit in the (ironically) European mould. The Economist, "Which Boris would Britain get?," 20 June 2019 The president’s policies fly in the face of his party’s support for free markets. Washington Post, "While Trump wages trade war, Pence tries to ease GOP anxiety," 13 June 2019 Hickenlooper told the angry crowd before going on to call for a public option that would compete with private insurance companies in a free market. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Hickenlooper pushed back against Trump and spectacularly bad policy proposals," 5 June 2019 Early on, the American dream was being used all the way up to WWII as a way to describe not free market capitalism, but the rights of everybody within a democratic society, and the dreams of America for fairness and self-government. Sean Illing, Vox, "How “America First” ruined the “American dream”," 22 Oct. 2018 And its policies like that that are free market-based in their orientation that are going to get that done more than any other policy. Fox News, "Scaramucci on Trump's Supreme Court pick, WH staff rumors," 30 June 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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