governmentalism [guhv-ern-men-tl-iz-uh m, -er-men-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun the trend toward expansion of the government’s role, range of activities, or power.
Origin of governmentalism First recorded in 1840–50;+ Related formsgov·ern·men·tal·ist, noun Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for governmentalism Historical Examples of governmentalism
Governmentalism and paternalism have always been evils, Mr. Flower asserts.
There is also another kind of reason for being undismayed at the threat of governmentalism.
Governmentalism, therefore, means the exercise of the powers of government considered as a principle.
Word Origin and History for governmentalism n.
“disposition to enlarge the power and scope of the government,” 1841, from+ ; originally in reference to France and perhaps from French.
Besides this, it is a well known fact, one made sufficiently clear by the history of the United States, that the less governmentalism there is in a country, the better it is for the citizens as to their material interests. A very complicated governmental apparatus, when, especially, it is useless, is and can be only hurtful to the interests of the mass of the people. [Amedee H. Simonin, “Resumption of Specie Payments,” 1868]
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