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expansionism

[ik-span-shuh-niz-uh m]
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noun
  1. a policy of expansion, as of territory or currency: the colonial expansionism of Europe in the 19th century.

Origin of expansionism

First recorded in 1895–1900; expansion + -ism
Related formsex·pan·sion·ist, noun, adjectiveex·pan·sion·is·tic, adjectivean·ti·ex·pan·sion·ism, nounan·ti·ex·pan·sion·ist, noun, adjective
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expansionism

noun
  1. the doctrine or practice of expanding the economy or territory of a country
Derived Formsexpansionist, noun, adjectiveexpansionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for expansionist

n.

"one who advocates the expansion of the territory of his nation," 1864, from expansion + -ist. Related: Expansionism.

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