not involving participation or intervention

a hands-off foreign policy

Similar to: ↑passive, ↑inactive

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ adjective
Etymology: hands off
: practicing noninterference

preserved their hands-off policy toward the internal affairs of other countries

: advocating or insisting upon noninterference

showed a rather belligerent hands-off attitude when people came near his possessions

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/handz"awf", -of"/, adj.
1. characterized by nonintervention or noninterference: the new hands-off foreign policy.
2. remote or unfriendly; estranging: a truculent, hands-off manner toward strangers.

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hands-offˈ adjective
1. Not touching with the hands
2. Operated by remote control
3. That cannot be touched
4. Not favouring active involvement
• • •
Main Entry:hand

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hands-off UK US adjective
allowing other people to make their own decisions

a hands-off style of management

Thesaurus: not limited or restrictedsynonym

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hands-off «HANDZ F, -OF», adjective.
of or having to do with noninterference or nonintervention: »

However, diplomats said that Spain's hands-off attitude toward French Morocco had not altered her policy of “friendly understanding” in Spanish Morocco (New York Times).

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/ˈhændzˈɑːf/ adj, always used before a noun
: allowing people to do what they want to do without bothering or stopping them

His hands-off approach to teaching allows students to choose the focus of their studies.

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ˌhands-ˈoff [hands-off] adjective usually before noun
dealing with people or a situation by not becoming involved and by allowing people to do what they want to

a hands-off approach to staff management

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • hands-off — adjective allowing other people to make their own decisions: a hands off style of management …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hands-off — also hands off, as an adjective, by 1895. As a command to desist, by 1810 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hands-off — hands′ off′ adj. characterized by nonintervention or noninterference …   From formal English to slang

  • hands-off — ► hands off not involving or requiring direct intervention. Main Entry: ↑hand …   English terms dictionary

  • hands-off — [handz′ôf′] adj. designating or of a policy, attitude, etc. of not interfering or intervening …   English World dictionary

  • Hands off — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • hands off — verb imperative : refrain from touching : refrain from interference : leave (one) alone * * * hands off 1. (as a command) keep off 2. Do not touch or strike • • • Main Entry: ↑hand * * * hands off …   Useful english dictionary

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