sphere of influence

noun phrase

Definition of sphere of influence

: a territorial area within which the political influence or the interests of one nation are held to be more or less paramount

First Known Use of sphere of influence

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Sphere of influence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphere%20of%20influence. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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