laissez–faire

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noun lais·sez–faire \ˌle-ˌsā-ˈfer, ˌlā-, -ˌzā-\

Definition of laissez–faire

  1. 1 :  a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights argued that the problem with oil prices was too much laissez–faire

  2. 2 :  a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action the university has a policy of laissez–faire regarding nonacademic student activities

laissez–faire

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Origin and Etymology of laissez–faire

French laissez faire, imperative of laisser faire to let (people) do (as they choose)


First Known Use: 1825


LAISSEZ–FAIRE Defined for English Language Learners

laissez–faire

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noun lais·sez–faire \ˌle-ˌsā-ˈfer, ˌlā-, -ˌzā-\

Definition of laissez–faire for English Language Learners

  • economics : a policy that allows businesses to operate with very little interference from the government


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