expansionism

noun ex·pan·sion·ism \ ik-ˈspan(t)-shə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of expansionism

:a policy or practice of expansion and especially of territorial expansion by a nation

expansionist

play \ik-ˈspan(t)-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

expansionist

or less commonly expansionistic play \ik-ˌspan(t)-shə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

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First Known Use of expansionism

1899


EXPANSIONISM Defined for English Language Learners

expansionism

noun

Definition of expansionism for English Language Learners

  • : the belief that a country should grow larger : a policy of increasing a country's size by expanding its territory


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