What does laissez faire mean?

Definitions for laissez faireˌlɛs eɪ ˈfɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word laissez faire.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. individualism, laissez faire(adj)

    the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs

  2. individualistic, laissez-faire(a)(adj)

    with minimally restricted freedom in commerce


  1. laissez faire(Noun)

    A policy of governmental non-interference in economic affairs.

  2. laissez faire(Noun)

    A policy of non-interference by authority in any competitive process.

  3. laissez faire(Adjective)

    Practicing or representing governmental noninterference, or minimal interference, especially in economic affairs; pertaining to free-market capitalism.

  4. laissez faire(Adjective)

    Advocating such noninterference.

  5. laissez faire(Adjective)

    Resulting from such noninterference.

  6. laissez faire(Adjective)

    Avoiding interference in other people's affairs; choosing to live and let live.

  7. Origin: From laisser faire

Webster Dictionary

  1. Laissez faire

    noninterference; -- an axiom of some political economists, deprecating interference of government by attempts to foster or regulate commerce, manufactures, etc., by bounty or by restriction; as, the doctrine of laissez faire; the laissez faire system government

  2. Origin: [F., let alone.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laissez faire in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laissez faire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ludwig Mises:

    Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.

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Translations for laissez faire

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Laissez-faireGerman
  • laissez faireGreek
  • laissez-faire, laissez-faire-[[politiikka]]Finnish
  • laisser-faire, laissez-faireFrench
  • afskiptaleysi, afskiptaleysi stjórnvalda, afskiptalausIcelandic
  • 自由放任, レッセフェールJapanese
  • laissez-faireMalay
  • лессе-фер, невмешательствоRussian

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