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

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

Dictionary Entries Near hands-off

handsled

hands-off

handsome

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for hands-off

Cite this Entry

“Hands-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands-off. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for hands-off

hands-off

adjective

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

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for hands-off

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

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!