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[in-ter-ven-shuh n] /ˌɪn tərˈvɛn ʃən/
the act or fact of intervening.
interposition or interference of one state in the affairs of another.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin interventiōn- (stem of interventiō) a coming between. See intervene, -tion
Related forms
interventional, interventionary, adjective
prointervention, adjective
reintervention, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interventions
  • We share a view that health interventions can have a multiplier effect on societies.
  • But scientists are now starting to examine how specific interventions, such as diet or drugs, alter these communities.
  • It has many of the hallmarks of other failed interventions.
  • However, it does appear to break new ground, and moves us a step closer to actual interventions.
  • We know it too well and have numerous effective interventions.
  • Barring any interventions, the injection then will be administered by a prison official, a contract employee or by a machine.
  • These interventions range from scenic viewing platforms and bicycle storage shelters to rest stations and hiking paths.
  • Some scientists are calling for more study of technological interventions to forestall catastrophic global warming.
  • The best solution is to shut down all medical interventions.
  • There will be some untoward effects, as with all vaccines, but that is the way it is with all broad medical interventions.
British Dictionary definitions for interventions


the act of intervening
any interference in the affairs of others, esp by one state in the affairs of another
(economics) the action of a central bank in supporting the international value of a currency by buying large quantities of the currency to keep the price up
(commerce) the action of the EU in buying up surplus produce when the market price drops to a certain value
Derived Forms
interventional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for interventions



early 15c., "intercession, intercessory prayer," from Middle French intervention or directly from Late Latin interventionem (nominative interventio) "an interposing," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin intervenire "to come between, interrupt," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + venire "come" (see venue).

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interventions in Medicine

intervention in·ter·ven·tion (ĭn'tər-věn'shən)
Interference so as to modify a process or situation.

in'ter·vene' (ĭn'tər-vēn') v.
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