[ahy-suh-ley-shuh-niz-uhm, is-uh-]
the policy or doctrine of isolating one's country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, international agreements, etc., seeking to devote the entire efforts of one's country to its own advancement and remain at peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities.

1920–25, Americanism; isolation + -ism

anti-isolationism, noun Unabridged
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isolationism (ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃəˌnɪzəm)
1.  a policy of nonparticipation in or withdrawal from international affairs
2.  an attitude favouring such a policy
n, —adj

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isolationism definition

The doctrine that a nation should stay out of the disputes and affairs of other nations. The United States practiced a policy of isolationism until World War I and did not pursue an active international policy until after World War II. (Seeentangling alliances with none.”)

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Example sentences
The citizenry in this former citadel of isolationism is somewhat skeptical but willing to listen.
His foreign policy stances often reflected his anti-Communist zeal and isolationism.
Economic isolationism is not in the national interest.
Neo-isolationism, as some called it, was setting in.
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