laissez faire

laissez faire

[les-ey fair; French le-sey fer]
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.
Also, laisser faire.

1815–25; < French: literally, allow to act Unabridged


[les-ey-fair; French le-sey-fer]
of, pertaining to, or conforming to the principles or practices of laissez faire.
Also, laisser-faire.


laissez-faireism, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
laissez faire or laisser faire (ˌlɛseɪ ˈfɛə, French lese fɛr, ˌlɛseɪ ˈfɛə, French lese fɛr)
1.  a.  Also called: individualism the doctrine of unrestricted freedom in commerce, esp for private interests
 b.  (as modifier): a laissez-faire economy
2.  indifference or noninterference, esp in the affairs of others
[French, literally: let (them) act]
laisser faire or laisser faire
[French, literally: let (them) act]
laissez-'faireism or laisser faire
laisser-'faireism or laisser faire

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Word Origin & History

1825, also laissez faire, from Fr., lit. "let (people) do (as they think best)," from laissez, imperative of laisser "to let" + faire "to do" (from L. 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.
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Cultural Dictionary
laissez-faire [(les-ay-fair, lay-zay-fair)]

French for “Let (people) do (as they choose).” It describes a system or point of view that opposes regulation or interference by the government in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary to allow the free enterprise system to operate according to its own laws.

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