laissez-faire laissez-faire


  • (adj) with minimally restricted freedom in commerce


  1. One school of thought leans toward the old individualistic, laissez-faire policy, does not believe that Government and business should even be kissing cousins.
  2. Even within the democracies, ideologues believed that the Great Depression imposed an eitheror choice: if you abandon laissez-faire, you are condemned to total statism.
  3. Corporate bailouts need to end but Republicans must be determined to never again adopt a laissez-faire approach to Wall Street.


  • Mr. Marketing: Saying goodbye to my thirsty garden

    For 10 years I’ve watched my lawn slowly die. Working at home, I stare out the window a lot. It’s been depressing. While I enjoy playing in the dirt, I have a laissez-faire attitude towards shrubbery. Hence the dead lawn and the HOA complaints.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Pomerado Newspaper Group


  1. "Laissez-faire is finished," said French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a recent speech. "The all-powerful market that always knows best is finished."
    on Oct 29, 2008 By: Nicolas Sarkozy Source: Washington Post

  2. "He has no plan and continues with his laissez-faire, I-don't-care approach, doing nothing to help Canada face the worsening economic situation in North America," Dion said during a campaign stop in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
    on Oct 5, 2008 By: Stephane Dion Source: Edmonton Sun

  3. Writing in the report Rethinking Immigration and Integration for the centre-left think-tank Policy Network, Mr Byrne said: "We also have to accept that laissez-faire migration runs the risk of damaging communities where parts of our anti-poverty...
    on Apr 18, 2007 By: Liam Byrne Source:

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