- characterized by nonintervention or noninterference: the new hands-off foreign policy.
- remote or unfriendly; estranging: a truculent, hands-off manner toward strangers.
- (of a machine, device, etc) without need of manual operation
- denoting a policy, etc, of deliberate noninvolvementa hands-off strategy towards industry
also hands off, as an adjective, by 1895. As a command to desist, by 1810.