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[ahy-suh-ley-shuh-nist, is-uh-] /ˌaɪ səˈleɪ ʃə nɪst, ˌɪs ə-/
a person who favors or works for isolationism.
of, relating to, or characteristic of isolationists or isolationism:
to be accused of isolationist sympathies.
Origin of isolationist
1860-65, Americanism; isolation + -ist
Related forms
anti-isolationist, noun, adjective
unisolationist, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for isolationist
  • Finally, although some might characterize an offshore balancing strategy as isolationist, it emphatically is not.
  • The findings of one survey do not an isolationist nation make.
  • It's odd to see a country make such isolationist policies in such a globalizing world.
  • Nationalism is inherently isolationist-they don't want to spend resources abroad unless it's investment.
  • One postcard evokes isolationist arguments that war was supported by wealthy industrialists.
  • Also involved were partisanship and the return of isolationist sentiment.
  • Though starting as a moderate isolationist, she slowly came to support military preparedness.
  • Oh, another isolationist who doesn't understand the first thing about economics.
  • My worry is, is that people see that uncertainty and decide to adopt isolationist policies, or protectionist policies.
Word Origin and History for isolationist

in reference to U.S. foreign policy, 1899 (earlier in reference to treatment of leprosy), from isolation + -ist. Isolationism is attested by 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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