Definitions

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  • n. The action of intervening; interfering in some course of events.
  • n. A legal motion through which a person or entity who has not been named as a party to a case seeks to have the court order that they be made a party.
  • n. An orchestrated attempt to convince somebody to seek professional help with an addiction or other psychological problem.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of intervening; interposition.
  • n. Any interference that may affect the interests of others; especially, of one or more states with the affairs of another; -- the intervention of one state in the affairs of another is typically unwelcome by the state being intervened in, but some cases of mediation between states may be called intervention. Opposed to nonintervention.
  • n. The act by which a third person, to protect his own interest, interposes and becomes a party to a suit pending between other parties.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or state of intervening; a coming between; interposition; mediatorial interference: as, light is interrupted by the intervention of an opaque body; the intervention of one state in the affairs of another.
  • n. In law, the act by which a third person interposes and becomes a party to a suit pending between other parties.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act or fact of interposing one thing between or among others
  • n. a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries
  • n. care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
  • n. (law) a proceeding that permits a person to enter into a lawsuit already in progress; admission of person not an original party to the suit so that person can protect some right or interest that is allegedly affected by the proceedings
  • n. the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.)

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Examples

  • SOITM believes that the Turkish possible interference against PKK in Iraq is intervention and not invasion, therefore, the term ´intervention´ is used instead of ´invasion´ in the SOITM presentation.

    American Chronicle

  • "I wish I had intervened," he said, "but I didn't even know the word intervention at the time."

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  • I think the term intervention is employed when a group of concerned friends seek to help addicted people.

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  • But Mr. Mubarak's language and refusal to yield to what he called the intervention of foreigners left protesters furious, the scene in Cairo precarious and the White House seemingly unable to influence events.

    Crisis Puts White House in Disarray

  • Mr. Mubarak's language and refusal to yield to what he called the intervention of foreigners — a reference that appeared directed primarily at the U.S. — left protesters furious and the situation in Cairo precarious.

    Mubarak Deepens Crisis

  • In a letter to President Obama and other world leaders, the Libyan leader said the president would regret what he called "intervention in the internal affairs of Libya", calling it aggression.

    Obama: Coalition Military Strikes Answer Libyan People's Calls

  • Earlier in the day, Mr. Gadhafi wrote a letter to President Obama and other world leaders saying they would regret what he called "intervention in the internal affairs of Libya."

    US, Allies Attack Libya

  • Beijing has complained about what it calls the intervention of non-claimants in the dispute.

    ASEAN Meeting to Examine South China Sea Dispute

  • It is significant, however, that the word "intervention" is used, and not "war".

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  • Either they are short term intervention studies in which people are given huge amounts of salt and then deprived of salt to see effects on blood pressure or they are studies, like this one, that observe populations and ask if those who happen to consume less salt are healthier.

    NYT > Home Page

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  • This is a tricksy word in the counseling/therapy world for trainees. You have to listen, collect examples and derive what this term means because no one will tell you, and everyone will act like it is obvious. Have fun.

    June 28, 2008