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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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 Declassified files are never going to be a point of pride for America, whose vast catalog of twentieth century interventionism ranges from manufactured coups to exploding cigars. Krithika Varagur, New Republic, "Will Trump Bungle Obama’s Declassification Diplomacy?," 2 Nov. 2017 May is seeking to reinforce the Tories as the party of business by contrasting her approach to the state interventionism on display at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton this week. Alex Morales,, "May Defends U.K. Economic Model in Olive Branch to Business," 27 Sep. 2017

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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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