President Obama saved 1,000 jobs by embracing a protectionist policy on tires.
The FN has become a protectionist, anticapitalist party of the dislocated working classes.
Then there is always Congress, threatening a rash of protectionist bills directed solely at China.
in the economics sense, 1841, from French protectionniste (in political economy sense, protection is attested from 1789). As an adjective by 1843.