laissez faire

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French laissez faire (leave it be", literally "let do)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlæs.eɪ ˌfeə(ɹ)/, /ˈleɪ.seɪ ˌfeə(ɹ)/
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Noun[edit]

laissez faire

  1. (economics) A policy of governmental non-interference in economic affairs.
  2. A policy of non-interference by authority in any competitive process.

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  • Usually spelled "laissez-faire" in its common attributive use.

Adjective[edit]

laissez faire (comparative more laissez faire, superlative most laissez faire)

  1. (economics, politics) Practicing or representing governmental noninterference, or minimal interference, especially in economic affairs; pertaining to free-market capitalism.
    I think the city should take a laissez faire approach to this; getting involved would only make things worse.
  2. (economics, politics) Advocating such noninterference.
    The Senator claims to be laissez faire, but he voted in favor of the subsidies.
  3. (economics) Resulting from such noninterference.
    The price ceiling was well below the laissez faire price that demand would have supported, so there were always shortages.
  4. (of a person) Avoiding interference in other people's affairs; choosing to live and let live.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

laissez faire m (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Dated form of laisser-faire.

Verb[edit]

laissez faire

  1. Second-person plural indicative present form of laisser faire
  2. Second-person plural imperative present form of laisser faire