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English noun: containment

1. containment (cognition) a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully

SamplesContainment of communist expansion was a central principle of United States' foreign policy from 1947 to the 1975.

Broader (hypernym)policy

2. containment (artifact) (physics) a system designed to prevent the accidental release of radioactive material from a reactor

Broader (hypernym)system

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. containment (act) the act of containing; keeping something from spreading

SamplesThe containment of the AIDS epidemic.
The containment of the rebellion.

Broader (hypernym)restraint

Narrower (hyponym)ring containment

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