Definition of expansionism in English:


Syllabification: ex·pan·sion·ism
Pronunciation: /ikˈspanSHəˌnizəm


The policy of territorial or economic expansion: the post-colonial critique of Western expansionism
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  • He broke with the mainstream conservatism in the early 1960s, primarily over issues of foreign policy and military expansionism.
  • The two leaders also discussed the plan to develop a national missile defense plan which China opposes as inviting military expansionism, the sources said.
  • But the enemy will pay dearly later, on top of what it is paying at present for its reckless policies of greed and expansionism.



noun & adjective
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  • They may fear the effects of cooperating with a state which is perceived as pursuing aggressive and expansionist designs.
  • The absence of any real systemic controls was bad enough but it was multiplied a thousand fold when combined with the military's expansionist agenda.
  • Ideally, however, the very existence of the League would serve to ensure that aggressive states desisted from expansionist actions.


Pronunciation: /ikˌspanSHəˈnistik/
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  • They don't really care about any place outside the Middle East, but it's most definitely an expansionistic philosophy.
  • The authors explicitly talked about democracies as being less expansionistic than dictatorships and especially oligarchic regimes.
  • It's difficult to picture those two countries fighting together, unless the impossible happens and the country becomes all militaristic and expansionistic again.

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