hands-off

adjective
\ ˈhan(d)z-ˈȯf How to pronounce hands-off (audio) \

Definition of hands-off

: characterized by noninterference a hands-off policy toward the internal affairs of other nations

First Known Use of hands-off

1860, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hands-off

Time Traveler for hands-off

Time Traveler

The first known use of hands-off was in 1860

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hands-off

Cite this Entry

“Hands-off.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands-off. Accessed 21 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hands-off

hands-off

adjective
How to pronounce hands-off (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hands-off

: allowing people to do what they want to do without bothering or stopping them

More from Merriam-Webster on hands-off

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with hands-off

Comments on hands-off

What made you want to look up hands-off? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

good-natured easy friendliness

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!