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unionism

[yoon-yuh-niz-uh m]
noun
  1. the principle of union, especially trade unionism.
  2. attachment to a union.
  3. (initial capital letter) loyalty to the federal union of the United States of America, especially at the time of the Civil War.
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Origin of unionism

First recorded in 1835–45; union + -ism
Related formspro·un·ion·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unionism

unionism

noun
  1. the principles of trade unions
  2. adherence to the principles of trade unions
  3. the principle or theory of any union
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Unionism

noun
  1. (sometimes not capital) the principles or adherence to the principles of Unionists
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