What does laissez-faire mean?

Definitions for laissez-faire

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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

    Laissez-faire is an economic environment in which transactions between private parties are free from government restrictions, tariffs, and subsidies, with only enough regulations to protect property rights. The phrase laissez-faire is French and literally means "let [them] do", but it broadly implies "let it be," "let them do as they will," or "leave it alone". Scholars generally believe a laissez-faire state or a completely free market has never existed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Laissez-faire

    lās′ā-fār′, n. a letting alone, a general principle of non-interference with the free action of the individual: the let-alone principle in government, business, &c.—Also Laiss′er-faire′. [Fr. laisser—L. laxāre, to relax, faire—L. facĕre, to do.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Laissez-faire

    the name given to the let-alone system of political economy, in opposition to State interference, or State regulation, in private industrial enterprise.


  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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