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English definition of “protectionist”

protectionist

adjective     /prəˈtekʃənɪst/ ECONOMICS
protectionist laws or methods are intended to help a 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: protectionist measures/policies Such protectionist measures penalise exporters in developing countries. protectionist laws/measures/legislation
(Definition of protectionist adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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