free trade


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

First recorded in 1600–10
Related formsfree-trade, adjectivepre·free-trade, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
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free trade in Culture

free trade

Unrestricted trade among nations without government tariffs or customs duties on imports.

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