- of, relating to, or conforming to the principles or practices of laissez faire.
Origin of laissez-faire
or lais·ser faire
- the theory or system of government that upholds the autonomous character of the economic order, believing that government should intervene as little as possible in the direction of economic affairs.
- the practice or doctrine of noninterference in the affairs of others, especially with reference to individual conduct or freedom of action.
Origin of laissez faire
Related Wordsinaction, indifference, latitude, neutrality, individualism, noninterference, nonintervention, permissiveness
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.Hezbollah Profits From Hash as Syria Goes to Pot
July 9, 2014
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
November 21, 2012
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
January 5, 2012
Compare Inside Job with Capitalism, Michael Moore's entertaining polemic on the broader sins of laissez-faire economics.Inside Job: Hard Lessons Through Pretty Pictures
October 15, 2010
Such a triumph of laissez-faire ideology gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “the marketplace of ideas.”Supreme Sellout
January 21, 2010
But 'laissez-faire' is not the best but only the second best.Statesman
I do not think that success in this struggle will come through the policy of laissez-faire.College Teaching
Indeed, in that sense, there never has been any laissez-faire school.The Task of Social Hygiene
The doctrine of Laissez-Faire is the sinew of her policy toward the European states.The Arena
Glaubmann flapped his right hand in a gesture of laissez-faire.Elkan Lubliner, American
- Also called: individualismthe doctrine of unrestricted freedom in commerce, esp for private interests
- (as modifier)a laissez-faire economy
- indifference or noninterference, esp in the affairs of others
Word Origin and History 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.