invisible hand


Definition of invisible hand

: a hypothetical economic force that in a freely competitive market works for the benefit of all

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Recent Examples on the Web The only way for the articles to be self-correcting is not to correct, to let the invisible hand do its job. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Wikipedia, “Jeopardy!,” and the Fate of the Fact," 16 Nov. 2020 In many cities, when a sudden rainstorm arrives, street vendors of cheap umbrellas will appear as if out of nowhere, driven not by some central authority but responding to the invisible hand of the marketplace. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Pandemic Is Showing Us How Capitalism Is Amazing, and Inadequate," 14 Nov. 2020 The Nielsens are like 'an invisible hand,' one Fox veteran said, pushing everyone in a rightward direction. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Trump calls on Fox News to fire reporter who confirmed some parts of Atlantic story," 5 Sep. 2020 And with thy bloody and invisible hand Cancel and tear to pieces that great bond Which keeps me pale! Coincidence? Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Individual Investors, Inflation & the Invisible Hand," 11 Aug. 2020 My life certainly would have been improved by earning my high school diploma or landing a better-paying job, but the invisible hand of policy, and a cadre of dedicated educators, nudged me to do even more. Terah Crews, Fortune, "Get Americans back to work—but not at just any job," 24 June 2020 The beauty of capitalism, however, is that the market’s invisible hand eventually puts its finger on such mediocrity and complacency. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: How a 1990s crisis poised this aerospace stock for a great run in the 2020s," 25 June 2020 Here’s what else is happening Barack Obama’s invisible hand: Mr. Obama, who endorsed Joe Biden on Tuesday, had kept his political distance from his former vice president. Chris Stanford, New York Times, "Coronavirus, World Health Organization, Retail Sales: Your Wednesday Briefing," 15 Apr. 2020 China’s economic success since then has only vindicated the market’s invisible hand. Weijian Shan, WSJ, "Both Sides Can Win the Trade War," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of invisible hand

1759, in the meaning defined above

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“Invisible hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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