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Topic: ECONOMICS

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: 'allow to do'

laissez-faire

noun
     
lais‧sez-faire , laisser-faire [uncountable]
1PE the principle that the government should allow the economy or private businesses to develop without any state control or influence:
the policy of laissez-faire
2

laissez-faire attitude/approach etc

when you do not become involved in other people's personal affairs
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