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

  • n. Unhindered opportunity; free access.
  • n. Admission to all on equal terms.
  • n. A policy whereby a nation trades with all other nations on equal terms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Open or free admission to all; hospitable welcome; free opportunity.
  • In modern diplomacy, opportunity for political and commercial intercourse open to all upon equal terms, esp. with reference to a nation whose policy is wholly or partially fixed by nations foreign to itself, or to territory newly acquired by a conquering nation.

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

  • n. the policy of granting equal trade opportunities to all countries
  • n. freedom of access

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