free world

noun, often capitalized F&W

Definition of free world

: the part of the world where democracy and capitalism or moderate socialism rather than totalitarian or Communist political and economic systems prevail

Examples of free world in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one in Washington over the last four decades ever said that Joe Biden was just the man with the foresight, wisdom, and deft political touch to lead the free world. Rich Lowry, National Review, 16 Nov. 2021 Those of us who hold this view foresee increasingly open competition and conflict, potentially including nuclear war, between Communist China and the free world. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2021 Some go on to feature on Dancing With the Stars or Celebrity Apprentice, back when its host wasn’t ruining the free world. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 20 May 2021 Onlookers built it up as a battle between communism and the free world, a role that made Johnson uncomfortable. Scott Wilson, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2020 There's a certain irony in how dictators use social media technologies developed in the free world to undermine it. Leopoldo López And Uriel Epshtein, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 The United States already has one of the most progressive tax systems in the free world. David Harsanyi, National Review, 14 Sep. 2021 A few months after the Selleck interview, in a pre-Wikipedia, largely spoiler-free world, O’Donnell revealed Fight Club’s twist ending on air just as the movie opened nationwide. Ashley Spencer, Vulture, 28 June 2021 Strong American leadership will unite the free world in pushing back against Russia’s malign behavior. Rob Portman, WSJ, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of free world

1940, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2022

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“Free world.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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