pro·​tec·​tion·​ist | \prə-ˈtek-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of protectionist 

: an advocate of government economic protection for domestic producers through restrictions on foreign competitors

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protectionism \prə-​ˈtek-​shə-​ˌni-​zəm \ noun
protectionist adjective

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The Democratic Party has its share of protectionists too. Greg Rushford, WSJ, "Trump’s War on the WTO," 4 July 2018 The practical link was obvious to protectionists and free traders alike as far back as the 1600s, says Douglas A. Irwin, an economist and trade historian at Dartmouth College. Greg Ip, WSJ, "U.S. Exporters Will Be a Surprise Loser From Tariff Fight," 9 July 2018 And with protectionists at the helm in its two biggest member-states, NAFTA could well collapse. The Economist, "AMLO, Mexico’s answer to Donald Trump," 23 June 2018 But as Cohn exits, power is flowing to protectionists like Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro, a once-fringe trade-war advocate drafted into the White House after the president’s son-in-law encountered his anti-China writing on Amazon. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The far-right slur at the heart of Trump’s economic agenda," 9 Mar. 2018 But with the protectionists seemingly in the ascendancy in the White House, the possibility of further escalation is high. Andrew Mayeda,, "Trump Veers Into Uncharted Trade Territory as Markets See Risks," 26 Mar. 2018 Ryan was always an outspoken free trader and believer in the power of markets; Trump is a protectionist who has pursued tariffs and started a trade war. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Paul Ryan’s party is over," 12 Apr. 2018 Yet according to Gowling WLG's study, over the last decade the U.S. has in fact been more trade protectionist than an other country. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Trump's tariff hikes rattle allies. Is he right?," 2 Mar. 2018 That will provide ammunition to the administration’s protectionists. The Economist, "How to interpret America’s experiment with huge budget deficits," 15 Feb. 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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