- laissez aller,
- laissez faire,
- laissez passer,
- lait d'amandes,
Origin of laissez-faire
or lais·ser faire
Origin of laissez faire
Examples from the Web for laissez-faire
The second reason the government has adopted such a laissez-faire attitude toward drug producers is an economic one.
In an era when government oversight was almost nonexistent and laissez-faire capitalism was in its heyday, Kennedy excelled.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life|Jacob Heilbrunn|November 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Given the distrust the military has for the press, it is surprising to see how laissez-faire the general is with Hastings.Juiciest Bits From Michael Hastings Book on Stanley McChrystal, Afghanistan|Laura Colarusso|January 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Compare Inside Job with Capitalism, Michael Moore's entertaining polemic on the broader sins of laissez-faire economics.
Such a triumph of laissez-faire ideology gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “the marketplace of ideas.”
These words were intended to convey, and they did convey, the meaning that the policy of laissez-faire had broken down.The British State Telegraphs|Hugo Richard Meyer
The laissez-faire argument is no better here than elsewhere.Supplement to Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador|William Wood
Why has the laissez-faire theory in economics been largely abandoned?Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
Here the new Liberalism parts with laissez-faire, and those who defend it.Liberalism and the Social Problem|Winston Spencer Churchill
I have attempted to show the bad results of the policy of laissez-faire as applied to this problem.Child Labor in City Streets|Edward Nicholas Clopper
- Also called: individualismthe doctrine of unrestricted freedom in commerce, esp for private interests
- (as modifier)a laissez-faire economy
Word Origin for laissez faire
laissez faire, 1822, French, literally "let (people) do (as they think best)," from laissez, imperative of laisser "to let, to leave" (from Latin laxare, from laxus "loose;" see lax) + faire "to do" (from Latin facere; see factitious). From the phrase laissez faire et laissez passer, motto of certain 18c. French economists, chosen to express the ideal of government non-interference in business and industry.
French for “Let (people) do (as they choose).” It describes a system or point of view that opposes regulation or interference by the government in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary to allow the free enterprise system to operate according to its own laws.