sphere of influence

noun phrase

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

Examples of sphere of influence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, many wonder whether the United States would defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion. More broadly, a Chinese conquest of Taiwan would rapidly reconfigure the geopolitical power structures across Asia and the Pacific and beyond by establishing a Chinese sphere of influence over East Asia. Dmitri Alperovitch, Foreign Affairs, 15 May 2024 And while no region of the country is immune to unemployment, the federal government’s presence in the DMV typically leaves Chowdhury’s sphere of influence well-positioned in terms of jobs, and residents having the financial security to purchase a home. Ascend Agency, Baltimore Sun, 1 Mar. 2024 The price of trying would likely involve U.S. recognition of a Russian or Chinese sphere of influence in Europe and Asia—regions central to U.S. interests and ones that Washington should not allow a hostile foreign power to dominate. Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 Instead, there are HOAs and private parcels, more of which have entered Lone Mountain’s sphere of influence in recent years. Nick Bowlin, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2024 And if Ukraine fell under Russia’s control, a hostile state would share a border with Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia—NATO territory that the Kremlin still sees as belonging to Russia’s sphere of influence. Alina Polyakova, Foreign Affairs, 1 Feb. 2024 Given their geographic proximity and strong historic and economic ties, India was for decades Maldives’ closest partner and New Delhi viewed the region as part of its traditional sphere of influence. Helen Regan, CNN, 5 Mar. 2024 Other times, processes are reactionary systems that meet a need inside or outside our sphere of influence. Geneva Schlabach, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Many countries suffering from worsening security fall within France’s traditional sphere of influence, known as Françafrique. Joseph Sany, Foreign Affairs, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sphere of influence was in 1885

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“Sphere of influence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphere%20of%20influence. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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