free trader


: one that practices or advocates free trade

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 3 Dec. 2018 The free traders have an answer: because the market wills it. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, 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, 31 July 2018 Her father, James, was the passionate free trader who had founded The Economist. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 12 Sep. 2019 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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