[ stey-tiz-uhm ]

  1. the principle or policy of concentrating extensive economic, political, and related controls in the state at the cost of individual liberty.

  2. support of or belief in the sovereignty of a state, usually a republic.

Origin of statism

First recorded in 1600–10; state + -ism

Other words from statism

  • an·ti·stat·ism, noun

Words Nearby statism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use statism in a sentence

  • Bad as this may be, the opposite form of single statism would seem to be more devastating in our present situation.

    Nine O'Clock Talks | Frederic B. Kellogg
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for statism


/ (ˈsteɪtɪzəm) /

  1. 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

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