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manifest destiny

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A policy of imperialistic expansion defended as necessary or benevolent.
  • noun The 19th-century doctrine that the United States had the right and duty to expand throughout the North American continent.

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  • noun US The political doctrine or belief held by the United States of America, particularly during its expansion, that the nation was destined to expand toward the west.
  • noun US The political doctrine or belief held by many citizens of the United States of America that their system is best, and the idea that all humans would like to become Americans.
  • noun The belief that God supports the expansion of the United States of America throughout the entire North American continent except Mexico.

Etymologies

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The phrase was first used primarily by Jackson Democrats in the 1840s to promote the annexation of much of what is now the Western United States.

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  • A policy of imperialism rationalized as inevitable (as if granted by God).

    but unloved by wordies, apparently.

    July 9, 2008

  • Not anymore. *loves on it*

    July 9, 2008