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[ik-span-shuh-niz-uh m] /ɪkˈspæn ʃəˌnɪz əm/
a policy of expansion, as of territory or currency:
the colonial expansionism of Europe in the 19th century.
Origin of expansionism
1895-1900; expansion + -ism
Related forms
expansionist, noun, adjective
expansionistic, adjective
antiexpansionism, noun
antiexpansionist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for expansionist
  • Mutual recognition is a major step toward cementing real peace in the region, as it could prevent any new expansionist wars.
  • It takes but one match to start a fire, only one expansionist civilization to begin colonizing the universe.
  • Our long and twilight struggle against that expansionist adversary has ended.
  • Nowadays, the town is much quieter than those heady expansionist days.
  • Establishment of a bank seemed a normal part of the expansionist sentiment.
British Dictionary definitions for expansionist


the doctrine or practice of expanding the economy or territory of a country
Derived Forms
expansionist, noun, adjective
expansionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for expansionist

"one who advocates the expansion of the territory of his nation," 1864, from expansion + -ist. Related: Expansionism.

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