invisible hand


Definition of invisible hand

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

Examples of invisible hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, the invisible hand of the market is not designed to nurture and protect democracy. Miguel Padró, Quartz, 6 Jan. 2022 My designation of the natural tendency for humans to solve problems through improvisational exchange of goods, services, and money has been called variously the invisible hand, spontaneous order, and capitalism. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 While Jones has not attempted to substantiate his comments, rumors of wealthy Texas boosters acting as the football program’s invisible hand (or hands) aren’t new. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Nov. 2021 Looping black lines composed of high-tech lights were designed to simulate the flow of ink scrawl across the facades of two new buildings, as though an invisible hand were repeatedly signing the walls. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 The Shum book indicates a kind of invisible hand of corruption in which the pursuit of blind self-interest locally generates windfall returns. Anne Stevenson-yang, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 In Udesen’s rationale, if greenhouse gas emissions were to become a currency, the invisible hand of the free market would push large polluters toward efficiency, forcing wasteful companies to either pay more or become greener. Martin Rand, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The invisible hand of the market is accomplishing much of what D.C. politicians are haggling about, probably quicker and more efficiently. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 That brief, shining moment will end in November 2022, as the invisible hand of historical inevitability passes control of Congress back to the Republicans for eternity. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of invisible hand

1759, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2022

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“Invisible hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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