free trade


Definition of free trade 

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

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That changed too, as jobs were lost to free trade and extractive industries like mining promised to replace them. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won," 11 July 2018 But many of his ideas — building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, opposing free trade and pursuing a nuclear deal with North Korea — don't fare nearly as well in the Badger state. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: 6 things we learned from the Marquette University Law School Poll," 20 June 2018 Since 1945, the United States has been the pillar upholding an international order based on free trade and multilateralism. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump is Trump but the GOP is the real threat to American global leadership.," 10 June 2018 Sanity and free trade eventually prevailed, mostly. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Trump's trade war could threaten US pickup production and jobs," 13 July 2018 For one thing, Trump is acting in flagrant defiance of longstanding Republican party dogma, which has for better or worse endorsed free trade as an unmitigated good. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Ryan Unaware Constitution Lets Congress Override Presidential Veto," 12 July 2018 There was bipartisan agreement in the U.S. in 2016 that the free trade consensus wasn’t working for everyone. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018 Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed a joint commitment to free trade in public comments during talks in Berlin this week. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "‘Shocked’ by Latest U.S. Tariff Plan, Beijing Seeks Retaliatory Action," 11 July 2018 Beyond the impact that free trade has on Americans, its benefits for the developing world should not be ignored. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 19 May 2018

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1766, in the meaning defined above

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: a system of trade between nations in which there are no special taxes placed on imports

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