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laissez faire

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Etymology

French laissez faire (leave it be [lit. let do])

Pronunciation

Noun

laissez faire

  1. (economics) A policy of governmental non-interference in economic affairs.
  2. A policy of non-interference by authority in any competitive process.

Usage notes

  • Usually spelled "laissez-faire" in its common attributive use.

Adjective

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Positive
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  1. (economics, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Practicing or representing governmental noninterference, or minimal interference, especially in economic affairs; pertaining to free-market capitalism.
    I think the city should take a laissez faire approach to this; getting involved would only make things worse.
  2. (economics, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Advocating such noninterference.
    The Senator claims to be laissez faire, but he voted in favor of the subsidies.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (economics) Resulting from such noninterference.
    The price ceiling was well below the laissez faire price that demand would have supported, so there were always shortages.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Avoiding interference in other people's affairs; choosing to live and let live.

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French

Pronunciation

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Noun

laissez faire m (usually uncountable)

  1. (rare, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Alternative form of laisser-faire.

Verb

laissez faire

  1. Second-person plural indicative present form of laisser faire.
  2. Second-person plural imperative present form of laisser faire.

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