American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by nonintervention: a hands-off foreign policy.
- adj. Tending not to intervene
- adj. not involving participation or intervention
“The old guard, the hands-off crowd, started giving way to the younger senators, and to a new idea that while these agencies are essential to our security and must operate in secret, they must also operate under the law and make themselves accountable to the legislative branch and the courts.”
“Everyone starts laughing at the thought of a hands-off healer being an air healer.”
“The same cautious hands-off approach applied to Yemen, whose role as a new base for al-Qaeda was highlighted after a failed attempt to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009.”
“And how does this ‘hands-off’ government square with your earlier crowing about the 13th Amendment … seems we had to get pretty hands on to get that one passed and enforced.”
“But his housing policies and hands-off approach to regulation encouraged lax lending standards.”
“And the cost of that hands-off, high-flying quality in the Kimball case is unbearable.”
“(The feds have adopted a mostly hands-off policy, though they occasionally swoop in to make an example-setting arrest, like that of the comedian and stoner icon Tommy Chong, in 2003, for running a head shop.)”
“It's all done in the name of protecting its citizens, but I wonder if left alone there would actually be more deaths and violence with a 'hands-off' approach than there currently is with the full-on drug war.”
“I won't engage in some sterile debate between laissez-faire and hands-on government," he told the CBI, dismissing Labour criticism that he has adopted a hands-off approach to boosting growth.”
“Later, when William enrolled at St. Andrews University in Scotland and Harry pursued his dream of becoming a career army officer at Sandhurst Academy, the press grudgingly agreed to extend this hands-off policy, allowing the princes breathing room as they grew into manhood.”
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