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[guhv-ern-men-tl-iz-uh m, -er-men-] /ˌgʌv ərnˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm, -ərˈmɛn-/
the trend toward expansion of the government's role, range of activities, or power.
Origin of governmentalism
1840-50; governmental + -ism
Related forms
governmentalist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for governmentalism

"disposition to enlarge the power and scope of the government," 1841, from governmental + -ism; originally in reference to France and perhaps from French.

Besides this, it is a well known fact, one made sufficiently clear by the history of the United States, that the less governmentalism there is in a country, the better it is for the citizens as to their material interests. A very complicated governmental apparatus, when, especially, it is useless, is and can be only hurtful to the interests of the mass of the people. [Amedee H. Simonin, "Resumption of Specie Payments," 1868]
Related: Governmentalist.

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