Etymology
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protectionist (n.)

in the economics sense of "one who favors protection of native industry or some branch of it from foreign competition by means of tariffs, etc.," 1841, from French protectionniste (in political economy sense, protection in English is attested from 1789). As an adjective by 1843.

updated on December 18, 2020

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Definitions of protectionist from WordNet

protectionist (n.)
an advocate of protectionism;
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