Etymology
Advertisement

containment (n.)

1650s, "action or fact of containing," from contain + -ment. As the word for an international policy of the West against the Soviet Union, it is recorded from 1947, associated with U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan, who in a "Foreign Affairs" article that year advising a policy of "a long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies."

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of containment

containment (n.)
a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully;
containment of communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975
containment (n.)
(physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor;
containment (n.)
the act of containing; keeping something from spreading;
the containment of the AIDS epidemic
the containment of the rebellion
From wordnet.princeton.edu