free trader


Definition of free trader

: one that practices or advocates free trade

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Recent Examples on the Web Cohn, a free trader, resigned from the White House position in May of 2018 after Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Former Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn unsure on backing president in November," 14 Sep. 2020 Perhaps Trump’s most serious misstep has been the failure of his administration to explain the trade war in geopolitical terms, instead preferring to talk about closing trade deficits and thereby ceding the terms of the fight to the free traders. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "The Trade War Is Smart Geopolitics," 5 Sep. 2019 There are no longer enough free traders in either party to push globalization forward; the question is whether there are enough to keep it from sliding backward. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Bush’s Economic Legacy, Little Appreciated Then, Reverberates Today," 3 Dec. 2018 The free traders have an answer: because the market wills it. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "The Trade War Is Smart Geopolitics," 5 Sep. 2019 Any fair-minded person would have to agree with her at the White House Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow, a free trader himself, said over the weekend. Fox News, "TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers," 31 July 2018 Her father, James, was the passionate free trader who had founded The Economist. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "James Bagehot: The Great Victorian Journalist," 12 Sep. 2019 Social media following: Twitter: 179,000, Facebook: 102,400, Instagram: 24,400 Who will like this candidate: Democrats looking for a fresh face, Latino voters, free traders. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 race," 24 June 2019 On trade, Kudlow is more of a free trader who might agree to target China with tariffs. Roger Showley,, "Trump's new economist: Good choice?," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of free trader

1832, in the meaning defined above

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28 Sep 2020

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“Free trader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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