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protectionism

[pruh-tek-shuh-niz-uh m] /prəˈtɛk ʃəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
Economics. the theory, practice, or system of fostering or developing domestic industries by protecting them from foreign competition through duties or quotas imposed on importations.
2.
any program, policy, or system of laws that seeks to provide protection for property owners, wildlife, the environment, etc.
Origin of protectionism
1855-1860
1855-60; protection + -ism
Related forms
protectionist, noun, adjective
protectionistic, adjective
antiprotectionist, noun, adjective
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  • protectionism on the Continent and in the United States may protract the advent of the inevitable in some degree.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
  • protectionism is bad for everyone involved - especially for economic engines.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The Whigs were then in power; but they were defeated in the presidential election of 1844, when the main issue was protectionism.

    Liberty In The Nineteenth Century Frederic May Holland
  • These are seven of the fundamental Falsities of protectionism.

    Principles of Political Economy Arthur Latham Perry
  • protectionism, and the attitude of which it was born and which it bred in turn, was still firmly entrenched in both countries.

    The Canadian Dominion Oscar D. Skelton
Word Origin and History for protectionism
n.

1846, from protectionist + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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