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 With Trump reluctantly on his way out of the White House, Democrats are now eager to reclaim this country’s mantle as the leader of the free world. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "The Bungled Vaccine Rollout Is a Bad Omen," 4 Jan. 2021 The Strokes playing a slow-motion, dramatically heated game of baseball against a team of Terminator-like robots -- possibly for the fate of the free world, possibly just as a Beer League scrimmage? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 25 Best Music Videos of 2020: Staff Picks," 9 Dec. 2020 If that weirds you out a bit, well, little wonder that the Red Sox chose the moment leadership of the free world likely flipped for good to toss that little nugget out Friday morning. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Returning to a Red Sox team he may not recognize, Alex Cora faces daunting task," 6 Nov. 2020 The free world should also work together to offer a lifeline to Hong Kongers who’d like to leave. Benedict Rogers, WSJ, "Beijing Strangles Hong Kong Even Tighter," 5 Nov. 2020 When a free world desperately needs a STRONG #U.S. as never before. Washington Post, "Ahead of election, a handful of world leaders voice support for Trump," 27 Oct. 2020 Though the vast majority of people across the planet don't get a vote for the leader of the free world, we are all impacted by the outcome. Nic Robertson, CNN, "The global stakes of the US election," 3 Nov. 2020 Welker won Thursday night’s final presidential debate the old-fashioned way, with her professional demeanor, tough questions and a determination, dang it, to get the leader of the free world to play by the rules. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "Kristen Welker saved ‘the show,’ but let’s not ever forget that TV debates need to change," 23 Oct. 2020 The Enlightenment, sharply questioned within Europe from the late nineteenth century onward, came to be depicted as the source of the free world’s uniquely good fortune. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, "Grand Illusions," 21 Oct. 2020

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Free world.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20world. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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