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[stey-tiz-uh m] /ˈsteɪ tɪz əm/
the principle or policy of concentrating extensive economic, political, and related controls in the state at the cost of individual liberty.
support of or belief in the sovereignty of a state, usually a republic.
Origin of statism
First recorded in 1600-10; state + -ism
Related forms
antistatism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for statism
Historical Examples
  • His theory is not merely statism (tatisme); it is pure despotism.

    The Social Contract & Discourses

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Marden was as old as the New System of statism and inhumanity that had started off disguised as social-democracy.

    The Victor Bryce Walton
  • Naturally enough, the criticisms of the syndicalists are leveled chiefly against political action, parliamentarism, and statism.

British Dictionary definitions for statism


the theory or practice of concentrating economic and political power in the state, resulting in a weak position for the individual or community with respect to the government
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for statism

c.1600, in reference to church-state matters; 1919 as the opposite of individualism; from state (n.) + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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