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[in-ter-ven-shuh n] /ˌɪn tərˈvɛn ʃən/
the act or fact of intervening.
interposition or interference of one state in the affairs of another.
Origin of intervention
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin interventiōn- (stem of interventiō) a coming between. See intervene, -tion
Related forms
interventional, interventionary, adjective
prointervention, adjective
reintervention, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for intervention
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  • We may read therein how the poet would have us look at his poem and the intervention of the Gods.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • The Christian church of the Middle Ages had to find a ground for its own intervention.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Doggie drew a breath of relief at the news and attributed Madame Morins malady to the intervention of a kindly providence.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • Major Forsyth was not at all discouraged by the issue of his intervention.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • Would this intervention be any wiser or likely to be better in its results?

British Dictionary definitions for intervention


the act of intervening
any interference in the affairs of others, esp by one state in the affairs of another
(economics) the action of a central bank in supporting the international value of a currency by buying large quantities of the currency to keep the price up
(commerce) the action of the EU in buying up surplus produce when the market price drops to a certain value
Derived Forms
interventional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for intervention

early 15c., "intercession, intercessory prayer," from Middle French intervention or directly from Late Latin interventionem (nominative interventio) "an interposing," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin intervenire "to come between, interrupt," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + venire "come" (see venue).

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intervention in Medicine

intervention in·ter·ven·tion (ĭn'tər-věn'shən)
Interference so as to modify a process or situation.

in'ter·vene' (ĭn'tər-vēn') v.
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