laisser-aller

or lais·sez-al·ler

[ le-sey-a-ley ]
/ lɛ seɪ aˈleɪ /

noun French.

unchecked freedom or ease; unrestraint; looseness.

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Origin of laisser-aller

literally, to allow to go
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Example sentences from the Web for laisser-aller

  • That laisser-aller policy of his threatens to land us in serious difficulties.

  • This was often mortifying to me, but I think I liked it better on the whole than the laisser-aller indifference of Washington.

  • With the "laisser-aller" of a tired man, he trusted to his luck, which had so far served him well.

    Maitre Cornelius|Honore de Balzac