Notion that governments should protect domestic industry from import competition by means of tariffs , quotas, and other trade barriers. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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protectionism pro‧tec‧tion‧is‧m [prəˈtekʆnɪzm] noun [uncountable] ECONOMICS
when a government tries to help industry, farming etc in its own country by taxing foreign goods that compete with it, so limiting the number that can be imported:

• Economists know that protectionism promotes inefficiency and waste.

• protectionism and trade wars

— protectionist noun [countable] :

• His reluctance to fight the trade issue politically will only help the protectionists succeed.

— protectionist adjective :

protectionist laws that shield the nation's computer industry from foreign competition

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   Protection of a domestic industry from cheaper competitive imports by such means as import duties, import quotas, export subsidies, health and environment regulations.

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protectionism UK US /prəˈtekʃənɪzəm/ noun [U] ECONOMICS
actions of a government to help its country's trade or industry by putting taxes on goods bought from other countries or by limiting the amount of goods that can be imported: »

The committee will discuss the relative merits of free trade and protectionism.


economic protectionism

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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