[guhv-ern-men-tl-iz-uh m, -er-men-]


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

Origin of governmentalism

First recorded in 1840–50; governmental + -ism
Related formsgov·ern·men·tal·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for governmentalism

Historical Examples of governmentalism

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

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

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

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Word Origin and History for governmentalism

"disposition to enlarge the power and scope of the government," 1841, from governmental + -ism; originally in reference to France and perhaps from French.

Besides this, it is a well known fact, one made sufficiently clear by the history of the United States, that the less governmentalism there is in a country, the better it is for the citizens as to their material interests. A very complicated governmental apparatus, when, especially, it is useless, is and can be only hurtful to the interests of the mass of the people. [Amedee H. Simonin, "Resumption of Specie Payments," 1868]

Related: Governmentalist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper