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The country is adapting a more laissez-faire trade policy.
  a principle of not intervening — especially a government policy of not regulating markets
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Laissez-faire literally translates as "let things alone."  In economics, it is thought of as a principle to be weighed rather than as an explicit policy. Almost nobody believes economies operate best without any government intervention; though many think government intervenes too much.
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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 à 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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Associated words [difficulty]:   laissez-faire [8] , chateau [4] , in lieu [4] , déjà vu [5] , faux pas [7] , détente [8] , vis-à-vis [8] , tour de force [9]
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