free market


Definition of free market

: an economy operating by free competition

Examples of free market in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adjusting our current strategy to address existing injustices in our system would rebalance the free market system, not replace it. Jessica Sagers, STAT, "Booker-Sanders-Harris drug affordability bureau could be brilliant," 18 Nov. 2019 In what Bosshart would consider a free market, retailers would set up shop throughout Anchorage. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Regulations helped push marijuana shops into a few Anchorage neighborhoods. Now, there are worries over ‘green light’ districts.," 17 Nov. 2019 Today was a big win for access to the free market for our student athletes nationwide and in Florida. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "NCAA Board of Governors opens door to athletes benefiting from name, image and likeness," 29 Oct. 2019 The California law would create a free market for collegiate athletes. Ann Killion,, "Stanford’s VanDerveer: ‘Women will be losers’ of California pay-to-play law," 8 Oct. 2019 The right, mistrustful of state intervention and too convinced that a free market will automatically bring universal well-being, has done little creative thinking. The Economist, "Poverty in America The best way to eradicate poverty in America is to focus on children," 25 Sep. 2019 Instead, some have turned to the free market to make individual sponsorship or affiliation deals with teams as an alternate way to get cut in on the action. Wayne Parry,, "Working both sides of sports bets not a slam dunk," 19 Sep. 2019 Only a truly free market could provide benefits for workers, including employment security and strong wages, went the argument. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The UAW started its biggest labor strike in years with one new advantage," 16 Sep. 2019 The free market system has served us well in this country. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: I can speak first hand as to the impact of rent control," 3 July 2019

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Free market.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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to constrict the range or activity of

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