ad·​ven·​tur·​ism əd-ˈven-chə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce adventurism (audio)
: improvisation or experimentation (as in politics or military or foreign affairs) in the absence or in defiance of accepted plans or principles
adventurist noun
adventuristic adjective

Examples of adventurism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the more notable voices in favor of this approach was Justice Antonin Scalia, who described Chevron as a preferable alternative to judicial adventurism. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 Energy fuels Russian military adventurism; Russian military adventurism fuels energy and food insecurity; and energy and food insecurity fuels increases in the prices of food and energy, which in turn increase the price of Russian (and other) energy. Daniel Markind, Forbes, 7 June 2022 And the success of Ukraine’s defense and the failures of the Russian military will be a greater deterrent to military adventurism by other potential adversaries, such as China, than will be the prospect of economic costs. Peter Harrell, Foreign Affairs, 27 Mar. 2023 The Islamic Republic’s domestic unrest could also signal weakness and embolden Azerbaijan’s adventurism against Iran. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Foreign Affairs, 10 Apr. 2023 The journalist Peter Beinart and Bernie Sanders’s foreign policy advisor Matt Duss have made the case that opposition to U.S. adventurism abroad and violations of sovereignty should naturally lead to opposition to Russian adventurism abroad and violations of sovereignty. Blaise Malley, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2022 Risky adventurism is hardly unique to wealthy people. Adam Geller, Fortune, 26 June 2023 Since forming the Wagner mercenary group in 2014, Prigozhin has been a key tool of Putin’s overseas adventurism, from propping up his ally Bashar Al-Assad in Syria to helping replace French influence in Mali. Time, 26 June 2023 More importantly, this makeover leaves us vulnerable to future adventurism and blunders from an agency with an appalling track record, little meaningful public oversight, and a preoccupation with its own public image, and which has long been susceptible to misuse by the White House. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


adventure entry 1 + -ism, in part after Russian avantjurizm

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adventurism was in 1932

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“Adventurism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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