free market


Definition of free market

: an economy operating by free competition

Examples of free market in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s the free market regulating itself, a concept which conservatives always claim to cherish. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Sep. 2021 As a result, only new residential rentals, both affordable and free market, can help balance the demand-supply equation over time. Shimon Shkury, Forbes, 28 June 2022 The protest was in response to farming laws aimed at loosening the rules around the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce that protected farmers from an unfettered free market for decades. Gunisha Kaur, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Roach said his argument isn’t about the culture wars, but about the free market. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Like every other industry in the United States, U.S. LNG is a private enterprise made up of an array of competing companies that operate in a capitalist, free market system. David Blackmon, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Other nations typically pay far less for medications, in large part because their governments often determine the cost -- which runs counter to Republicans' allegiance to the free market system. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Isn’t this the same group of folks who love to blather on about the wonders of the free market system? Dave Lieber, Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Instead, the government should reduce its influence and allow the free market to determine our clean energy trajectory. Andrés Garcia, Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of free market

1642, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Free market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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