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free trade

trade between countries, free from governmental restrictions or duties.
international trade free from protective duties and subject only to such tariffs as are needed for revenue.
the system, principles, or maintenance of such trade.
Chiefly Scot. smuggling.
Origin of free trade
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free-trade, adjective
prefree-trade, adjective Unabridged
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  • The gifts of the youth were brighter and higher; he showed an inborn fitness for the lofty development of free trade.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • free trade or favoured-nation principle and commercial treaty.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • That unhappy island is at this moment paying the last penalties of free trade.

  • free trade has been not unnaturally urged as at least one condition.

    The Ethics of Coperation James Hayden Tufts
  • Forced labour was suppressed, payments to the natives were made in money, and several zones were opened up to free trade.

    The Spell of Belgium Isabel Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for free trade

free trade

international trade that is free of such government interference as import quotas, export subsidies, protective tariffs, etc Compare protection (sense 3)
(archaic) illicit trade; smuggling
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free trade in Culture

free trade definition

Unrestricted trade among nations without government tariffs or customs duties on imports.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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