- the policy of admitting people of all nationalities or ethnic groups to a country upon equal terms, as for immigration.
- the policy or practice of trading with all nations on an equal basis.
- admission or access; unrestricted opportunity: His experience had given him an open door to success in his field.
Origin of open door
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for open door
He insists the company has a complete “open-door policy,” allowing any worker to bring any concern to any manager.Walmart Protesters Tell One Story, and Employees Tell Another
September 5, 2013
“I took full advantage of his open-door policy to seek insight and share perspectives,” she writes in the book.Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’s Biographer, Is Allegedly His Mistress
November 10, 2012
Our open-door policy will continue, so I would envisage more member states than today.
We have disputes on Georgia, or our open-door policy, and that will continue.
Europe has no open-door policy, be it known; all doors are always shut.A Woman's Will
Canning, George, attempts to join England in her open-door policy, 58.Defenseless America
In fact, we want an open-door policy, and a means of providing for the future of our children.Lorimer of the Northwest
(a) All the nations represented at the conference have formally agreed to the open-door policy in China.
- a policy or practice by which a nation grants opportunities for trade to all other nations equally
- free and unrestricted admission
- open to all; accessible
- (in industrial relations) designating a policy of management being prepared to talk to workers in the office at any time
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