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Monroe Doctrine definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an American foreign policy opposing interference in the western hemisphere from outside powers

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: James Monroe Date: 1853 a statement of United States foreign policy expressing opposition to extension of European control or influence in the western hemisphere

Britannica Concise

U.S. foreign-policy statement enunciated by Pres. J. Monroe on Dec. 2, 1823. Concerned that the European powers would attempt to restore Spain's former colonies, he declared that any attempt by a European power to control any nation in the Western Hemisphere would be viewed as a hostile act against the U.S. It was reiterated in 1845 and 1848 by Pres. J. Polk to discourage Spain and Britain from establishing footholds in Oregon, California, or Mexico's Yucatá n peninsula. In 1865 the U.S. massed troops on the Rio Grande to back up demands that France withdraw from Mexico. In 1904 Pres. T. Roosevelt added the Roosevelt Corollary, stating that in the event of flagrant wrongdoing by a Latin Amer. state, the U.S. had the right to intervene in its internal affairs. As the U.S. became a world power, the Monroe Doctrine came to define the Western Hemisphere as a U.S. sphere of influence. See also Good Neighbor Policy.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. the US policy of objecting to intervention by European powers in the affairs of Latin America. Etymology: J. Monroe, US President d. 1831, who formulated it

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Monroe doctrine Mon*roe" doc"trine See under Doctrine.

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