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

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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 Lower taxes, less regulation, stronger border enforcement, less military interventionism and fairer trade deals. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway reacts to anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed," 5 Sep. 2018 Unconstrained by that rivalry, some who had opposed interventionism during and after the Vietnam War changed their minds. Jonathan M. Dicicco, Washington Post, "Fifty years ago, American troops abandoned Khe Sanh. Here’s how the U.S. got over ‘Vietnam syndrome.’," 5 July 2018 Instead, the Tories have Mrs. May’s squishy interventionism, which only looks good compared to the socialism of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, and isn’t convincing as a justification for tearing up trading relations with the European Union. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Brexit and Circuses," 13 June 2018 At an Organization of American States event in 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry had promised a roomful of officials that the U.S. would end its interventionism in Latin America. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration," 19 May 2018 Others did not turn right wing per se but did become supporters of a more militaristic turn in foreign policy in the name of humanitarian interventionism, none better known than Bernard Kouchner, the co-founder of Doctors Without Borders. Alan Wolfe, The New Republic, "A Most Violent Year," 18 May 2018 There has long been an ideological rift between Steve Bannon's America Firsters, who advocate ultra (ethno-)nationalism and non-interventionism, and the traditional foreign policy types. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "6 Disturbing Takeaways from a New Report About Trump's Place in the World," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of interventionism

1923, in the meaning defined above

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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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