pro·​tec·​tion·​ist prə-ˈtek-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce protectionist (audio)
: an advocate of government economic protection for domestic producers through restrictions on foreign competitors
protectionism noun
protectionist adjective

Examples of protectionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robert Lighthizer Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg News With Donald Trump leading the 2024 polls while calling for a 10% universal tariff, the new GOP protectionists are trying to sell this idea as a boon for the working class. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 Jan. 2024 Regulation Dominic Pino: The Jones Act was passed in 1920 and is one of the strictest protectionist laws on the books. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 17 Dec. 2023 The choice of a foreign company from an ally nation for the first grant appears in part to be an effort to address criticism that the program is protectionist. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 With some nuances, both parties have turned protectionist on international trade. Alan S. Blinder, WSJ, 27 Nov. 2023 Maintaining this arrangement requires policies that are less protectionist than the ones pursued by either the Trump or the Biden administration. Stephen G. Brooks, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2023 Biden installs industrial policy as a cornerstone of America’s economic model Trump’s protectionist ramp, Hanke maintains, opened the route for Biden to take the next big leap. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 The second: Trade barriers imposed on a broad swath of goods as an overall protectionist mindset. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 The rise of Chinese EVs is widely seen as putting Europe’s hallowed auto industry at risk (as is Tesla) and China claims the new probe is protectionist. Bydavid Meyer, Fortune, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protectionist was in 1834

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“Protectionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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