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a. Of or relating to the caution and avoidance of direct confrontation typical of the Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus.
b. Cautious or dilatory, as in taking action.
2. Of, relating to, or being a member of the Fabian Society, which was committed to gradual rather than revolutionary means for spreading socialist principles.
[Latin Fabiānus, after Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus.]
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the beliefs, principles, or practices of the Fabian Society
ˈFabianist n, adj
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a late 19th-century English movement that favored the gradual development of socialism by peaceful means. — Fabian, n., adj.See also: Economics
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The political belief that socialism can be introduced by gradual reform rather than by revolution.
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|Noun||1.||Fabianism - socialism to be established by gradual reforms within the law|
socialism - a political theory advocating state ownership of industry
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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