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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Man′ifest Des′tiny(n.)

  1. the 19th-century belief that it was inevitable for the U.S. to expand to the Pacific coast.

    Category: American History

Origin of Manifest Destiny:

1835–45

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manifest destiny(noun)

    a policy of imperialism rationalized as inevitable (as if granted by God)

Wiktionary

  1. manifest destiny(Noun)

    The political doctrine or belief held by the United States of America, particularly during its expansion, that the nation was destined to expand toward the west.

  2. manifest destiny(Noun)

    The political doctrine or belief held by many liberal citizens of the United States of America that their system is best, and the idea that all humans would like to become Americans.

  3. manifest destiny(Noun)

    The belief that God supports the expansion of the United States of America throughout the entire North American continent except Mexico.

  4. Origin: The phrase was first used primarily by Jackson Democrats in the 1840s to promote the annexation of much of what is now the Western United States.

Freebase

  1. Manifest destiny

    In the United States in the 19th century, Manifest Destiny was the widely held belief that American settlers were destined to expand across the continent. Miller says, Merk says this concept was born out of "A sense of mission to redeem the Old World by high example ... generated by the potentialities of a new earth for building a new heaven". The phrase itself meant many different things to many different people, and was rejected by many people. Howe argues that, "Nevertheless American imperialism did not represent an American consensus; it provoked bitter dissent within the national polity." That is, most Democrats strongly supported Manifest Destiny and most Whigs strongly opposed it. Manifest Destiny provided the rhetorical tone for the largest acquisition of U.S. territory. It was used by Democrats in the 1840s to justify the war with Mexico and it was also used to divide half of Oregon with Great Britain. But Manifest Destiny always limped along because of its internal limitations and the issue of slavery, says historian Frederick Merk. It never became a national priority. By 1843 John Quincy Adams, originally a major supporter, had changed his mind and repudiated Manifest Destiny because it meant the expansion of slavery in Texas.

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