re·​stric·​tion·​ism | \ ri-ˈstrik-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce restrictionism (audio) \

Definition of restrictionism

: a policy or philosophy favoring restriction (as of trade or immigration)

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restrictionist \ ri-​ˈstrik-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce restrictionism (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of restrictionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Views on immigration may appear poles apart, but in truth, Democrats and Republicans alike set artificial limits on immigration based on a sliding scale of restrictionism. Tanvi Misra, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 Brimelow's book landed just as immigration politics was taking a hard turn toward restrictionism. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 Once a lonely cause, restrictionism had grown into a mature movement — an intellectual ecosystem of sorts — with groups specializing in areas as diverse as litigation and voter mobilization. Jason Deparle, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2019 For decades, conventional wisdom held that immigration restrictionism was a political loser. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 12 Feb. 2019 On the right, the American Conservative — usually sympathetic to immigration restrictionism — ran an op-ed from a scholar at the Cato Institute, which does not share those views. Dara Lind, Vox, 23 July 2018 Peter Navarro and Wilbur Ross are steering him toward a trade war; Stephen Miller, John Kelly, and Jeff Sessions have encouraged his immigration restrictionism. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, 8 July 2018 But restrictionism is popular with Trump’s base and the White House itself. Jeet Heer, New Republic, 19 Jan. 2018 Trump, like his fellow Fox News addicts, is far more invested in the symbolism of immigration restrictionism than its substance. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of restrictionism

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Restrictionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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