American system

noun

: the policy of promoting industry in the U.S. by adoption of a high protective tariff and of developing internal improvements by the federal government (as advocated by Henry Clay from 1816 to 1828)

Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American system was in 1830

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“American system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20system. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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