- trade between countries, free from governmental restrictions or duties.
- international trade free from protective duties and subject only to such tariffs as are needed for revenue.
- the system, principles, or maintenance of such trade.
- Chiefly Scot. smuggling.
Origin of free trade
Related Words for free tradecapitalism
Examples from the Web for free trade
Contemporary Examples of free trade
The new guidelines do not impinge on the free-trade agreement or other agreements governing cultural and sports exchanges.Business Is Personal: Why the EU's New Guidelines Could Hurt Israel's Economy
July 17, 2013
President Bush first submitted the Colombia free-trade deal to Congress in April 2008.
The free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama are marginal contributors to this growth.
For much of the early part of the Obama administration, the free-trade agreements languished.
When Obama was struggling to negotiate a South Korean free-trade agreement, “I remember a story above the fold.”Inside Obama's Tax-Cut Gamble
December 8, 2010
Historical Examples of free trade
For this reason Great Britain is practically a free-trade country.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
The existence at one time of this form of "free-trade" is all but forgotten.The Light of Scarthey
If they had Free-trade they wouldn't be starving: if they were not starving they wouldn't drink.
Thank'ee, zir, thank'ee; hurrah for Duke Dugdale and Free-trade!
Berlin itself, and some other things, did not spring from Free-trade.
- international trade that is free of such government interference as import quotas, export subsidies, protective tariffs, etcCompare protection (def. 3)
- archaic illicit trade; smuggling