V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary

carte blanche


Definition: free rein or complete decision-making control

Synonyms: authority, control, power, freedom, sanction

Antonyms: restriction

Tips: The term carte blanche is French for "blank paper" or "white card." The one using the blank sheet presumably has total control over what is written on it, hence the meaning of "total freedom" or "control."

Usage Examples:

As a sign of his confidence in her, Melanie's boss gave her carte blanche to handle the project however she saw fit. (freedom, authority)

The architects were thrilled to find out that they had been given carte blanche to design the structure exactly as they wished. (authority, freedom)

I would prefer to have very little involvement in this project, so I'm giving you carte blanche to handle it as you see fit. (authority, freedom, control)

When I was in high school, my parents were very liberal and gave me carte blanche to do as I pleased and to come and go when I wanted. (freedom, control)

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