[ guhv-ern-men-tl-iz-uhm, -er-men- ]

  1. the trend toward expansion of the government's role, range of activities, or power.

Origin of governmentalism

First recorded in 1840–50; governmental + -ism

Other words from governmentalism

  • gov·ern·men·tal·ist, noun

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

How to use governmentalism in a sentence

  • National socialism means governmentalism, which is tyranny over the individual.

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  • governmentalism, therefore, means the exercise of the powers of government considered as a principle.

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  • There is also another kind of reason for being undismayed at the threat of governmentalism.

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  • governmentalism and paternalism have always been evils, Mr. Flower asserts.

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