[ ik-span-shuh-niz-uhm ]
/ ɪkˈspæn ʃəˌnɪz əm /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM expansionism

ex·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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British Dictionary definitions for expansionism

/ (ɪkˈspænʃəˌnɪzəm) /


the doctrine or practice of expanding the economy or territory of a country

Derived forms of expansionism

expansionist, noun, adjectiveexpansionistic, adjective
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