free market


Definition of free market

: an economy operating by free competition

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With no competition, a monopoly firm will reduce output below the level that would prevail in a free market and can sell it for a high price. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Playing monopoly is more than just rolling the dice," 16 June 2019 Republicans believe in the free market, while Democrats favor government intervention in the economy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Preparing to Prop Up Unprofitable Coal Plants With ‘Emergency’ Subsidies," 1 June 2018 The appointments, which also created faculty lines at George Mason, were steered to professors who, like the Kochs, embraced unconstrained free markets. New York Times, "What Charles Koch and Other Donors to George Mason University Got for Their Money," 5 May 2018 It’s done so by harnessing the power of state-capitalism, intertwining its political power with its financial clout at a scale never seen in the global free market. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What the Modi-Xi Meeting Tells Us About China and India," 27 Apr. 2018 The free market would take care of most of the issues and the fan would, very likely, see a better product in the stadium or on TV. William L. Rukeyser, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Here’s how NCAA college sports could be deregulated," 4 Aug. 2019 Conservatives typically take great pains to protect the free market from undue interference from the government. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 In their panic, some conservatives are more open to questioning their previous embrace of free markets. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatives, Put Culture First," 1 July 2019 Then their feckless experiments in free markets set the stage for the authoritarian movements and personalities that now dominate the news. Pankaj Mishra, Twin Cities, "Pankaj Mishra: Putin’s wrong, but so are liberals," 11 July 2019

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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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