free trader

noun

: one that practices or advocates free trade

Examples of free trader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The free traders fearful of rising imperialism were so right. John Tamny, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Sure enough, Palen reports that the most powerful protectionist rhetoric in the U.S. came from an institution that most readers might assume would have sided with the free traders: the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. John Tamny, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 National Review conservatives are all free traders. Marco Rubio, National Review, 7 Dec. 2023 Conservatives have been ardent free traders for decades. Henry Olsen, National Review, 1 Sep. 2023 Once in office, though, Clinton emerged as an ardent free trader, calling more than 200 House members to push for ratification of the treaty. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 For close globalization watchers, this one world capitalist free trader model has been on the outs since the Battle in Seattle in 1999. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 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, 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, 5 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of free trader was in 1832

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“Free trader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20trader. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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