[ stey-tiz-uh m ]
/ ˈsteɪ tɪz əm /


the principle or policy of concentrating extensive economic, political, and related controls in the state at the cost of individual liberty.
support of or belief in the sovereignty of a state, usually a republic.

Origin of statism

First recorded in 1600–10; state + -ism

Related forms

an·ti·stat·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for statism

  • Naturally enough, the criticisms of the syndicalists are leveled chiefly against political action, parliamentarism, and Statism.

  • Marden was as old as the New System of statism and inhumanity that had started off disguised as social-democracy.

    The Victor|Bryce Walton
  • His theory is not merely Statism (tatisme); it is pure despotism.

British Dictionary definitions for statism


/ (ˈsteɪtɪzəm) /


the theory or practice of concentrating economic and political power in the state, resulting in a weak position for the individual or community with respect to the government
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