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 The two countries signed an agreement on a strategic partnership in 2016 and a free trade agreement last year. Justin Spike, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2024 But the administration also had clear wins, including the renegotiation of the free trade agreement with the United States and Canada. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for free trade 

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Word History

First Known Use

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free trade was in 1766

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“Free trade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

free trade

: trade between nations without restrictions (as high taxes on imports)

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