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laisser-aller, laissez-aller

The spellings laisser-aller and laissez-aller are both hyphenated, whether the expression is used as an adjective or a noun. Laisser-aller and laissez-aller require italics in English.

  • What my friends label laisser-aller on my part, I prefer to call a live-and-let-live attitude.
  • Because of my professional and family responsibilities, I have neglected my household duties. Indeed, my house has taken on the most laissez-aller air.