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Monroe Doctrine

noun, U.S. History.
the policy, as stated by President Monroe in 1823, that the U.S. opposed further European colonization of and interference with independent nations in the Western Hemisphere. Unabridged
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  • He believed the Monroe Doctrine with a conviction that nothing could shake.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The "Monroe Doctrine" triumphed in the death gurgle of Maximilian.

  • The Monroe Doctrine has recently been the pivot of American statesmanship.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • We have no satire yet on militarism, or imperialism, or the Monroe Doctrine.


    William Graham Sumner
  • This was tantamount to a reassertion of the Monroe Doctrine.

  • Meanwhile the Monroe Doctrine remains just where it always was.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • The Monroe Doctrine is the outward official expression of this effect.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • England replied, also unofficially, that Germany had forgotten the Monroe Doctrine.

    The Cloud Sartell Prentice
British Dictionary definitions for Monroe Doctrine

Monroe doctrine

a principle of US foreign policy that opposes the influence or interference of outside powers in the Americas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Monroe Doctrine

1848, in reference to principles of policy contained in the message of U.S. President James Monroe to Congress on Dec. 2, 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Monroe Doctrine in Culture

Monroe Doctrine definition

A statement of foreign policy issued by President James Monroe in 1823, declaring that the United States would not tolerate intervention by European nations in the affairs of nations in the Americas. Monroe also promised that the United States would not interfere with European colonies already established or with governments in Europe.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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