: the policy, process, or result of preventing the expansion of a hostile power or ideology
Examples of CONTAINMENT
- The company's hazardous waste containment plan is being reviewed.
- The government needs to adopt a containment strategy.
First Known Use of CONTAINMENT
containment noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Strategic U.S. foreign policy of the late 1940s and early 1950s intended to check the expansionist designs of the Soviet Union through economic, military, diplomatic, and political means. It was conceived by George Kennan soon after World War II. An early application of containment was the Truman Doctrine (1947), which provided U.S. aid to Greece and Turkey. See also Marshall Plan.
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