a policy of nonparticipation in international economic and political relations
The doctrine or policy of minimal participation by one's country in international economic and political relations, specifically by not entering into alliances or other international agreements, in order to avoid becoming entangled in foreign wars, and to be able to devote the nation's energies primarily to advancing its own domestic interests.
Origin: [Cf. F. isolation.]
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."
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.
The numerical value of isolationism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of isolationism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Isolationism cannot bring prosperity to a society.
It’s a perfect storm of isolationism, muscular nationalism, with a dash of pragmatism and realism.
Isolationism and the belief that one can magically make the asylum issue disappear ... is an illusion.
The situation has changed, the fruits of Obama’s isolationism are now being shown experienced. The beheading of Americans, the collapse of Yemen, giving away everything on the deal with Iran.
Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order.
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- aïllacionismeCatalan, Valencian
- izolacionismus, izolacionizmusCzech
- eristäytyminen, isolationismiFinnish
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