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

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By now, most of the free world is familiar with the trauma of Theron’s childhood in South Africa. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "Charlize Theron Is in Control—and Funny as Hell," 1 May 2019 Marie Claire went to the Capitol to capture the historic moment by interviewing and photographing the female politicians vying to be leader of the free world. Marie Claire, "One of These Women Could Be Our Next President," 21 Feb. 2019 Those are expenses employers in the free world don’t typically have to carry. German Lopez, Vox, "America’s prisoners are going on strike in at least 17 states," 17 Aug. 2018 The President of the United States is the most important and powerful person in the free world; in contrast, the President of Russia is practically nobody. Bill Browder, Time, "I've Been Putin's Number One Foreign Enemy for a Decade. Here's What Trump Should Know About Handling Him," 12 July 2018 Again, that was Souza, the man with his lens focused on the most powerful man in the free world. Eric Adler, kansascity, "Obama photographer Pete Souza finds fame as 'the professional troll of Donald Trump' | The Kansas City Star," 18 Apr. 2018 While locked up since November on a two to four-year sentence, the MMG artist has had plenty of time to think about his next move in the free world. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Meek Mill Addresses Corrupt Prison System & Moving to Atlanta in Rare Prison Interview With 'Rolling Stone'," 14 Mar. 2018 But there’s a lingering obstacle to a polio-free world: A scant number of people who got one version of the vaccine before it was phased out in 2016 carry a variant of the polio virus that was in that vaccine and has since mutated. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A vaccine we don’t even use anymore is a reason polio keeps spreading — yes, really," 4 July 2018 And as for the ever-growing realm of nut butters, in response to an increasingly plant-forward and peanut-free world? Sunset, "How to Choose the Right Non-Dairy Milk for You," 22 Jan. 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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