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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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With customisation options for add-ons such as leather straps, a monogramming service, and complementary lifestyle products in the near future, Faire Leather Co.
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth--a family friendly showcase of invention, imagination, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement.
Described as "The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth - a showcase of invention and resourcefulness," the Faire included talks by visiting American experts as well as other international leaders of the Maker movement.
Mum Kerry Guy was at the faire with her two children, Georgia, seven, and Amelia, four - both of whom were hugely enjoying experimenting with blowing the biggest bubbles they could.
The Byxee start-up chose to participate to this Maker Faire event as a natural prosecution of the path begun in Rome, with the European edition.
Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival with a focus on learning, building, inventing and experimenting -- and providing a lot of fun in the process.
We got together with the Quaboag district staff, talked about some models that might work and suggested the Maker's Faire.
Centre of Life chi executive Linda Conlosaid: "Maker Faire fits with Newcastle's history inventing things.
The original Maker Faire event was held in California eight years ago and in 2013 boasted 900 makers and 120,000 visitors.
Richard Hall, managing director at Savoir Faire, said: "This is now the biggest marquee in our range.
April 19th to 23rd 2012 will see Perth come alive with an array of West Australian and leading international designers showcasing their Spring/Summer 2012/2013 collections at WA's first ever fashion trade event; Savoir Faire Perth Fashion Week.
US financial and investment advisory newsletters publisher Agora Financial unveiled today the purchase of local libertarian book seller Laissez Faire Books (LFB), without providing financial details.
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It's been three weeks since half-elf, half-human Keelie Heartwood finished her first Renaissance Faire tour with her full-elf father.
3 -- Peler les poires, puis les couper en dE[umlaut]s en retirant les parties ligneuses du centre et les pE[umlaut]pins 4 -- Faire un sirop en faisant bouillir le sucre en poudre, l'eau, la gousse de vanille fendue dans le sens de la longueur.