in·​ter·​ven·​tion·​ism ˌin-tər-ˈven(t)-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce interventionism (audio)
: the theory or practice of intervening
specifically : governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country
interventionist noun or adjective

Examples of interventionism in a Sentence

a proponent of aggressive economic interventionism
Recent Examples on the Web A lot of the violence has been perpetrated in part by U.S. military interventionism, and one of the more obscure topics is the School of the Americas, which started the whole neoliberalism movement. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Aug. 2023 In the United States, progressive Democrats, including Senators Frank Church of Idaho and Vance Hartke of Indiana, worried about unchecked executive power and consequently opposed excessive military spending and interventionism. Peter Trubowitz, Foreign Affairs, 3 May 2023 With or without new liberal friends, Kagan attacked Trump before and since his presidency not as a symptom of endless war and national decline, but as an obstruction to reinstating interventionism. Samuel Moyn, The New Republic, 14 Feb. 2023 Beyond their right-wing leanings, all share in common a deep skepticism about U.S. interventionism, borne of years of fighting in the post-9/11 war on terrorism and the belief that their sacrifices only gave rise to more instability and repression wherever the United States put boots on the ground. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2022 In the Northern Triangle, U.S. interventionism stifled democratic political development that troubles these countries to this day. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 Twenty years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the United States and amid its chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden has declared the end to an era of major military interventionism. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 17 Aug. 2021 In the years between World War I and World War II, American journalists struggled to address many of the same debates that dominate today’s media landscape: democracy versus authoritarianism, interventionism versus isolationism, and objectivity versus propaganda, among others. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Mar. 2020 A year or two is a long time in American politics, especially with a right wing that continues to shed its free-market stances in favor of populist interventionism. James Pethokoukis, The Week, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interventionism was in 1923

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“Interventionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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