What does laissez faire mean?

Definitions for laissez faire
ˌlɛs eɪ ˈfɛərlais·sez faire

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. individualism, laissez faireadjective

    the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs

  2. individualistic, laissez-faire(a)adjective

    with minimally restricted freedom in commerce


  1. laissez fairenoun

    A policy of governmental non-interference in economic affairs.

    Etymology: From laisser faire

  2. laissez fairenoun

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

    Etymology: From laisser faire

  3. laissez faireadjective

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

    Etymology: From laisser faire

  4. laissez faireadjective

    Advocating such noninterference.

    Etymology: From laisser faire

  5. laissez faireadjective

    Resulting from such noninterference.

    Etymology: From laisser faire

  6. laissez faireadjective

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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

Examples of laissez faire in a Sentence

  1. The Republican attorney general:

    Yet this same administration has been nothing short of laissez-faire in dealing with tens of thousands of migrants that are pouring across our open border and being ferried across our nation during the same world-wide pandemic, this hypocrisy is stunning and fundamentally unfair to American citizens.

  2. 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

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  • 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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