May 18th, 2013

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Friday word: Laissez-faire

Continuing with the French theme :)
lais·sez–faire, noun \ˌle-ˌsā-ˈfer, ˌlā-, -ˌzā-\

1: a doctrine opposing governmental interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary for the maintenance of peace and property rights

2: a philosophy or practice characterized by a usually deliberate abstention from direction or interference especially with individual freedom of choice and action


French laissez faire, imperative of laisser faire to let (people) do (as they choose)

First Known Use: 1825

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