stat·​ist ˈstā-tist How to pronounce statist (audio)
: an advocate of statism
statist adjective

Examples of statist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beijing has, in short, used the open international economy to bolster its own statist and mercantilist system. Fareed Zakaria, Foreign Affairs, 6 Dec. 2019 These villages run the gamut from statist to localist. Robert Brooks, National Review, 28 July 2021 According to those hard-braking statists, the average American driver slows on the brakes 19 times for every 1,000 miles driven., 25 June 2019 Biden also offers what statists truly crave: control. Deroy Murdock, National Review, 7 June 2019 The left’s narrative of unaccountable capitalism provides a rationale for another regulatory-state power grab, with union stakeholder friends of statists serving as their proxies. WSJ, 18 Sep. 2018 The pedagogical divide mirrors a political one between conservative statists and liberal technocrats. The Economist, 26 May 2018 In each case, statists in America are more impressed by the foreign top-down designs than with the track record of free-market capitalism here at home. Stanley F. Druckenmiller, WSJ, 2 May 2018 Mr Ulyukayev was a stalwart of the government’s technocratic bloc; Mr Sechin is a committed statist and a longtime confidant of Vladimir Putin who wields outsize influence among the siloviki (former and current members of the security services). The Economist, 14 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of statist was in 1898

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“Statist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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