manifest destiny


often capitalized M&D
: a future event accepted as inevitable
in the mid-19th century expansion to the Pacific was regarded as the Manifest Destiny of the United States
broadly : an ostensibly benevolent or necessary policy of imperialistic expansion

Example Sentences

They were living in a time when expansion to the Pacific was regarded by many people as the Manifest Destiny of the United States.
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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manifest destiny was in 1845

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“Manifest destiny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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