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laissez-faire -- (French)
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  • The country is adapting a more laissez-faire trade policy.
  • Her laissez-faire approach to raising children is too much for me.
  • She seemed to have conditioned herself to a laissez-faire policy concerning me and my ill-disciplined class.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I realize I should have called the French authorities, but I’m a snob and do not trust those laissez-faire French to prosecute properly.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • Jurgis had not studied the books, and he would not have known how to pronounce "laissez faire"; but he had been round the world enough to know that a man has to shift for himself in it, and that if he gets the worst of it, there is nobody to listen to him holler.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • That doctrine of laissez faire which so often in our history.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There’s no choice but laissez-faire, sink or swim.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She is quite unprincipled; her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • By 1966, the warders had adopted a laissez-faire attitude: we could talk as much as we wanted as long as we worked.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • When it comes to wage rates, however, the company is remarkably silent and laissez-faire.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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  • Four years later Van Buren had ridden to the White House on a promise to continue staying Old Hickory’s course of democratic reforms and bold individualism, as well as a vow to implement a laissez faire policy toward business.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • It originated in France, as "Laissez faire Georges," during the fifteenth century, and at the start had satirical reference to the multiform activities of Cardinal Georges d’Amboise, prime minister to Louis XII.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • A laissez-faire policy is like spoiling a child by saying he’ll turn out all right in the end.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The meat industry’s allies at the USDA also seemed remarkably laissez-faire, noting that the contaminated hamburger patties had not violated any federal standards.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
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