in·​ter·​ven·​tion·​ism | \ ˌin-tər-ˈven(t)-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce interventionism (audio) \

Definition of interventionism

: the theory or practice of intervening specifically : governmental interference in economic affairs at home or in political affairs of another country

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interventionist \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈvench-​nist How to pronounce interventionist (audio) , -​ˈven(t)-​shə-​nist \ noun or adjective

Examples of interventionism in a Sentence

a proponent of aggressive economic interventionism
Recent Examples on the Web What’s needed and has been needed for a long while is interventionism, big-time. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Iran Dilemma, the Saudi Dilemma, and the Iran–Saudi Dilemma," 20 Sep. 2019 David Hendrickson’s Republic in Peril sees that shift as the result of a decisive embrace of interventionism, aimed at extending US power throughout the world. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, "Imperial Exceptionalism," 7 Feb. 2019 Now, Europe’s struggle to keep up with China’s government coordination of business and the economic might of the U.S. has prompted more European politicians to advocate interventionism. ... Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Europe Again Champions Intervention to Counter China’s Economic Might," 19 Feb. 2019 The octogenarian Gravel, who dropped out of the presidential race last week, shares many values with the septuagenarian Sanders, including a strong aversion to American interventionism. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Mike Gravel endorses Bernie Sanders," 6 Aug. 2019 Non-interventionism and American leadership Khanna, the grandson of an Indian political activist who spent time imprisoned with Mahatma Gandhi, cites such figures as John Quincy Adams and Jimmy Carter as influencing his foreign policy perspective. Grace Segers, CBS News, "What does a progressive foreign policy look like? Rep. Ro Khanna says he has the answer," 8 Aug. 2019 The left The trend of economic interventionism quickly caught on in the United States. John Broich, The Conversation, "The difference between ‘left’ and ‘liberal’ – and why voters need to know," 30 July 2019 The new fad of nationalism on the right has brought many conservatives into agreement with the left on non-interventionism and realism. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why Won’t American Politicians Talk about Chinese Authoritarianism?," 26 June 2019 The Syrian war has been called the death of liberal, or humanitarian, or democratic interventionism, the cause that Sontag and others vociferously championed in Bosnia; of international solidarity; of the responsibility to protect. Susie Linfield, The New York Review of Books, "Syria’s Torture Photos: Witness to Atrocity," 9 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of interventionism

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Interventionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of interventionism

: a government policy or practice of doing things to directly influence the country's economy or the political affairs of another country

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