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free market

an economic system in which prices and wages are determined by unrestricted competition between businesses, without government regulation or fear of monopolies.
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free-market, adjective
free marketeer, noun Unabridged
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  • All gear and fittings are standardized, and there is, besides, a free market in second-hand things taken out of condemned barges.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • Most of it, instead of entering the free market, went to the Bank of England.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • Where monopoly exists, the free market condition being non-existent, price may be constantly elevated above value.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • Into this vacuum – the interregnum between centrally planned and free market economies – crept crime.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Formerly a point of anchorage for small vessels, it was made a free market in 1699.

British Dictionary definitions for free market

free market

  1. an economic system that allows supply and demand to regulate prices, wages, etc, rather than government policy
  2. (as modifier): a free-market economy
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free market in Culture

free market definition

The production and exchange of goods and services without interference from the government or from monopolies.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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