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free trade

Trade between nations without regulatory barriers such as tariffs or quotas.

free trader n.

free trade

1. (Economics) international trade that is free of such government interference as import quotas, export subsidies, protective tariffs, etc. Compare protection3
2. (Commerce) archaic illicit trade; smuggling

free′ trade′

international trade free from protective duties and quotas and subject only to such tariffs as are needed for revenue.
free′-trade′, adj.
free′ trad′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: trade - international trade free of government interferencefree trade - international trade free of government interference
trade - the commercial exchange (buying and selling on domestic or international markets) of goods and services; "Venice was an important center of trade with the East"; "they are accused of conspiring to constrain trade"
NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement - an agreement for free trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico; became effective in 1994 for ten years
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(friː) adjective
1. allowed to move where one wants; not shut in, tied, fastened etc. The prison door opened, and he was a free man.
2. not forced or persuaded to act, think, speak etc in a particular way. free speech; You are free to think what you like.
3. (with with) generous. He is always free with his money/advice.
4. frank, open and ready to speak. a free manner.
5. costing nothing. a free gift.
6. not working or having another appointment; not busy. I shall be free at five o'clock.
7. not occupied, not in use. Is this table free?
8. (with of or from) without or no longer having (especially something or someone unpleasant etc). She is free from pain now; free of charge.
verbpast tense, past participle freed
1. to make or set (someone) free. He freed all the prisoners.
2. (with from or of) to rid or relieve (someone) of something. She was able to free herself from her debts by working at an additional job.
ˈfreedom noun
the state of not being under control and being able to do whatever one wishes. The prisoner was given his freedom.
ˈfreely adverb
1. in a free manner. to give freely to charity; to speak freely.
2. willingly; readily. I freely admit it was my fault.
Freefone® noun
(also freephone ; American toll-free number) a telephone number of a business or an organization that can be used free of charge by their customers etc; the system giving this service.
ˌfree-for-ˈall noun
a contest, debate etc in which anyone can take part.
ˈfreehand adjective, adverb
(of a drawing etc) (done) without any instruments (eg a ruler) to guide the hand.
ˈfreehold adjective
(of land, property etc) belonging completely to the owner, not just for a certain time.
ˈfreelance noun, adjective
(of or done by) a person who is working on his own, not for any one employer. a freelance journalist; freelance work.
to work in this way. He is freelancing now.
Freepost noun
a system in Britain in which a business or an organization pays the cost of the post sent to it.
free ˈskating noun
a free style in ice-skating competitions.
free speech
the right to express an opinion freely. I believe in free speech.
free trade
trade with foreign countries without customs duties, taxes etc.
ˈfreeway noun
a motorway.
ˌfreeˈwheel verb
to travel (downhill) on a bicycle, in a car etc without using mechanical power.
free will
the ability to choose and act freely. He did it of his own free will.
a free hand
freedom to do whatever one likes. He gave her a free hand with the servants.
set free
to make (someone) free. The soldiers set the terrorists' prisoners free.
References in periodicals archive ?
Irwin is the author of five other books covering different aspects and themes of trade policy history, including Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade, in which he masterfully assesses and dispenses with formidable challenges to Adam Smith's theories about the primacy of specialization and free trade.
The publications bearing his name are invariably issued via senior university presses and include Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade (Princeton 1996), The Genesis of Gatt (CUP 2008 and co-authored), Free Trade Under Fire (Princeton 2009) and now Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression (Princeton 2011).
The history of free trade in the world is like the moon, never the same size, either decreasing or increasing.

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