free trade


Definition of free trade

: trade based on the unrestricted international exchange of goods with tariffs used only as a source of revenue

Examples of free trade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, most modern games tokenize all assets for free trade from the get-go. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Also in the new year, companies will have to prove their products are sufficiently British-made to qualify for tariff-free trade. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 The banana growers, who’ve enjoyed a boom under North America’s free trade agreement, began bankrolling Comandante Teto’s militia years ago. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Supporters of globalization note that benefits of free trade have been far-reaching, opening new markets for businesses and making a variety of consumer goods more affordable. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Investors must be from a country that has an investment treaty with the United States, such as the USMCA (formerly NAFTA) free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, for example. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 For instance, the current Lithuania-China trade dispute, and Taiwan’s demonstration of support for Vilnius, could create the impetus for the EU to finally hash out a free trade agreement with Taiwan, said Lee-Makiyama. Mary Hui, Quartz, 26 Jan. 2022 The clause allows for some exceptions, including separate free trade agreements or special market access for developing counties. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 Technological changes and free trade agreements decimated the local textile industry, Helms said. al, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of free trade

1766, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2022

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“Free trade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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