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containment

noun [U] uk   /kənˈteɪn.mənt/ us  
the act of controlling or limiting something or someone harmful: Containment of crowd violence was the police's main concern. specialized politics an attempt to keep another country's political power within limits without having a war with them: The government is pursuing a policy of containment.
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