pro·​tec·​tion·​ist | \ prə-ˈtek-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce protectionist (audio) \

Definition of protectionist

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

Other Words from protectionist

protectionism \ prə-​ˈtek-​shə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce protectionist (audio) \ noun
protectionist adjective

Examples of protectionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But once at Trump’s side, Mr. Hatch stayed firmly affixed, despite his free-trade views that contrasted with the president’s protectionist policies. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Its protectionist policies restrict cargo between American ports to ships built here and crewed with Americans. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Due to other nations’ protectionist and discriminatory digital rules, many of which unfairly target American businesses, the U.S. has fallen behind. Myron Brilliant, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2022 The Astor gowns episode took place at the height of the U.S. government’s protectionist efforts to discourage the purchase of foreign goods and encourage domestic production. Elizabeth Block, Town & Country, 22 Feb. 2022 Chinese authorities hold absolute control over film distribution in the world’s largest film market, thanks to strict censorship, protectionist policies limiting the import of foreign content, and control over release dates. Rebecca Davis, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 More recent Hollywood treatments of the finance world have become didactic to the point of agitprop, coinciding with a realignment of American politics in which Republicans have gotten more trade-protectionist and young people more socialist. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Not long ago, right-minded adherents to classical liberalism, who tend to denounce anything protectionist, had considered Navarro to be a marginal, even unhinged character. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 The Biden administration’s labor, national-security, and protectionist concerns will have played a larger role. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of protectionist

1834, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2022

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“Protectionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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