Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An economic doctrine that opposes governmental regulation of or interference in commerce beyond the minimum necessary for a free-enterprise system to operate according to its own economic laws.
  • n. Noninterference in the affairs of others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A policy of governmental non-interference in economic affairs.
  • n. A policy of non-interference by authority in any competitive process.
  • adj. Practicing or representing governmental noninterference, or minimal interference, especially in economic affairs; pertaining to free-market capitalism.
  • adj. Advocating such noninterference.
  • adj. Resulting from such noninterference.
  • adj. Avoiding interference in other people's affairs; choosing to live and let live.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Noninterference; -- an axiom of some political economists, deprecating interference of government by attempts to foster or regulate commerce, manufactures, etc., by bounty or by restriction

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the doctrine that government should not interfere in commercial affairs

Etymologies

French : laissez, second person pl. imperative of laisser, to let, allow + faire, to do.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French laissez faireĀ ("leave it be", literally "let do") (Wiktionary)

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  • I guess the "small government" refrain is a dog-whistle for this ol' invisible hand Capitalist tenet.

    November 27, 2008

  • the belief that government and law should not interfere into the businesses or conditions of people's working lives

    May 29, 2008