Definitions for isolationismˌaɪ səˈleɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, ˌɪs ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•so•la•tion•ismˌaɪ səˈleɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, ˌɪs ə-(n.)

  1. the policy or doctrine that peace and economic advancement can best be achieved by isolating one's country from alliances and commitments with other countries.

    Category: Government

Origin of isolationism:

1920–25, Amer.

i`so•la′tion•ist(n.; adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. isolationism(noun)

    a policy of nonparticipation in international economic and political relations


  1. isolationism(Noun)

    A national (or group) policy of non-interaction with other nations (or groups).

    "Before contact was initiated by the West, China employed isolationism in their policies."


  1. Isolationism

    Isolationism is the policy or doctrine of isolating one's country from the affairs of other nations by declining to enter into alliances, foreign economic commitments, foreign trade, international agreements, etc., seeking to devote the entire efforts of one's country to its own advancement and remain at peace by avoiding foreign entanglements and responsibilities. Two other terms often associated with Isolationism, but not necessarily the same as Isolationism, are: ⁕Non-interventionism – is the belief that political rulers should avoid entangling alliances with other nations and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial differences. However, most non-interventionists are supporters of free trade, travel, and support certain international agreements, and therefore differ from isolationists. ⁕Protectionism – Relates more often to economics, its proponents believe that there should be legal barriers in order to control trade and cultural exchange with people in other states.


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