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cordon sanitaire (plural cordons sanitaires)
- (public health) A barrier (physical or administrative) to prevent the spread of disease.
- 1879, Sir Spencer Walpole, A History of England from the Conclusion of the Great War in 1815, page 327:
- In accordance with their recommendation, the French Ministry drew a cordon sanitaire round the Spanish frontier. The plague gradually died away with the colder weather of the winter; but the French Ministry did not withdraw the troops who composed the cordon sanitaire.
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 158:
- Bubonic plague had been in relative abeyance since the 1660s, and its explosion into Marseille and Provence in 1720 confirmed the ability of government, through quarantines and cordons sanitaires, to hem the disease in and prevent its diffusion across the country.
- (by extension) Any barrier to the spread of anything deemed undesirable.
- 1992, Peter Van Ham, Western Doctrines on East-West Trade: Theory, History and Policy, Springer, →ISBN, page 111:
- The alternative for such a policy was the isolation of Russia and the construction of a cordon sanitaire, in order to contain Bolshevism in the present area.
a barrier (physical or administrative) to prevent the spread of disease
any barrier to the spread of anything deemed undesirable
- cordon sanitaire (barrier to the spread of anything deemed undesirable) [from ca. 1830s.]
- cordon sanitaire (barrier to prevent the spread of disease) [from ca. 1820s.]
cordon sanitaire n (uncountable)
- (Belgium, politics, figuratively) An agreement from the late 1980s to arguably current times amongst Belgian political parties to not govern with the party Vlaams Belang (then Vlaams Blok); the idea was Jos Gheysels' of Agalev, while the term was applied by journalist Hugo Gijsels.