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Of, relating to, or characteristic of Metternich or his policies, especially that of maintaining international order through a sustainable balance of power.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Age. From the name of Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich -Winneburg-Beilstein, Austrian statesman + -ian. With form Metternichean compare -ean.
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