open door


: a recognized right of admittance : freedom of access
also : a policy providing such freedom
: a policy giving opportunity for commercial relations with a country to all nations on equal terms
open-door adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of open door was in 1526

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“Open door.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

open door

: a policy of giving equal opportunity for trade to all nations
open-door adjective

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