[ in-ter-ven-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈvɛn ʃən /
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the act or fact of intervening.
interposition or interference of one state in the affairs of another.



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Origin of intervention

1375–1425; late Middle English <Late Latin interventiōn- (stem of interventiō) a coming between. See intervene, -tion

OTHER WORDS FROM intervention

in·ter·ven·tion·al, in·ter·ven·tion·ar·y, adjectivepro·in·ter·ven·tion, adjectivere·in·ter·ven·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for intervention

/ (ˌɪntəˈvɛnʃən) /


the act of intervening
any interference in the affairs of others, esp by one state in the affairs of another
economics the action of a central bank in supporting the international value of a currency by buying large quantities of the currency to keep the price up
commerce the action of the EU in buying up surplus produce when the market price drops to a certain value

Derived forms of intervention

interventional, adjective
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Medical definitions for intervention

[ ĭn′tər-vĕnshən ]


Interference so as to modify a process or situation.

Other words from intervention

in′ter•vene (ĭn′tər-vēn) v.
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