[ guhv-ern-men-tl-iz-uh m, -er-men- ]
/ ˌgʌv ərnˈmɛn tlˌɪz əm, -ərˈmɛn- /


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 forms

gov·ern·men·tal·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for governmentalism

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

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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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