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free trade

noun
1.
trade between countries, free from governmental restrictions or duties.
2.
international trade free from protective duties and subject only to such tariffs as are needed for revenue.
3.
the system, principles, or maintenance of such trade.
4.
Chiefly Scot. smuggling.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10
Related forms
free-trade, adjective
prefree-trade, adjective
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free trade

noun
1.
international trade that is free of such government interference as import quotas, export subsidies, protective tariffs, etc Compare protection (sense 3)
2.
(archaic) illicit trade; smuggling
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prefree trade in Culture

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

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