protective tariff


: a tariff intended primarily to protect domestic producers rather than to yield revenue

Examples of protective tariff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden may decide to eliminate some of Trump’s protective tariffs, particularly on U.S. allies, but there is little public appetite for making market liberalization a mainstay of U.S. statecraft once again. Charles A. Kupchan, Foreign Affairs, 2 Mar. 2021 There’s this tension, because on the one hand, as Erik said, there are Republicans who like protective tariffs. Jack McCordick, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2023 Nations around the world — but particularly in the motor economies of Europe — began throwing up their own protective tariff shields. David A. Andelman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 30 Aug. 2019 The researchers found that protective tariffs helped American producers, such as Rust Belt steel companies, gain $23 billion in new revenue. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 31 July 2019 After the war, President Madison acceded to a Second Bank of the United States and a system of protective tariffs. Jay Cost, WSJ, 8 June 2018 Dwight Eisenhower was far and away the leader, issuing 35 protective tariffs during his two terms. Kenneth Lowande, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2018 Looking to Alexander Hamilton, not Jefferson, for inspiration, this plan consisted of protective tariffs, a central bank and federal funding for internal improvements. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, 17 Feb. 2018 The primary tool for this task was the protective tariff, intended to stimulate domestic industry by shielding it from competition abroad, particularly Great Britain. Jay Cost, National Review, 2 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protective tariff was in 1838

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“Protective tariff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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