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1. The doctrine that the government should not be involved with nor controlling of businesses. The new president has vowed to take a position of laissez-faire to undo the overregulation of businesses practiced by the previous administration.
2. A stance or desire that one will not control or be involved with the actions of other people. It seems to be in vogue recently for parents to be laissez-faire with their children, allowing them total freedom without structure or discipline.


The ability to act appropriately or handle or respond to any social situation; tact. The phrase is French for "to know how to do." You could learn a lot about how to deal with people by studying the savoir-faire with which she moves around any room.

savoir ˈfaire

(from French, approving) the ability to behave in the appropriate way in certain situations: He was renowned throughout the diplomatic world for his savoir faire.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘know how to do’.
See also: faire, savoir
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I'm really excited for our sixth Maker Faire," said Ian Simmons, Life's director of science communication.
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