Intervention - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌɪntərˈvenʃn|  American pronunciation of the word intervention
Brit.  |ɪntəˈvenʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word intervention


- the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.) (syn: intercession)
it occurs without human intervention
- a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries (syn: interference)
- the act or fact of interposing one thing between or among others (syn: interposition)
- (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
the purpose of intervention is to prevent unnecessary duplication of lawsuits
- care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury) (syn: treatment)

Extra examples

Twenty years intervened between their first and last meetings.

The prisoner asked me to intervene with the authorities on his behalf.

The military had to intervene to restore order.

We will leave on time unless some crisis intervenes.

They prayed for divine intervention.

Without intervention, the country could fall into irredeemable chaos.

Republicans have been howling for military intervention.

Such conditions may be amenable to medical intervention.

Recent US history has amply demonstrated the risks of foreign intervention.

The government needs to clearly state its policy on UN intervention.

This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent

Word forms

singular: intervention
plural: interventions
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