- Economics. the theory, practice, or system of fostering or developing domestic industries by protecting them from foreign competition through duties or quotas imposed on importations.
- any program, policy, or system of laws that seeks to provide protection for property owners, wildlife, the environment, etc.
Origin of protectionism
Examples from the Web for protectionist
President Obama saved 1,000 jobs by embracing a protectionist policy on tires.Presidential Town Hall Debate Live Blog
October 16, 2012
The FN has become a protectionist, anticapitalist party of the dislocated working classes.Euro Riot Watch
April 30, 2012
Then there is always Congress, threatening a rash of protectionist bills directed solely at China.We're Handling China All Wrong
Jeffrey E. Garten
February 17, 2010
Yet in the Protectionist dispensation, this has become an article of faith.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
It was Protectionist so long as it suited its purpose to be so.British Socialism
J. Ellis Barker
As to himself he had never been and was not now "a protectionist."The Life of King Edward VII
J. Castell Hopkins
On further thought, Emmeline is not a Protectionist; she is an Anarchist.Post-Impressions
Mr Editor,—I am a manufacturer of cloth, and a protectionist.Economic Sophisms
Word Origin and History for protectionist
in the economics sense, 1841, from French protectionniste (in political economy sense, protection is attested from 1789). As an adjective by 1843.