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[nee-oh-kuh-loh-nee-uh-liz-uh m] /ˌni oʊ kəˈloʊ ni əˌlɪz əm/
the policy of a strong nation in seeking political and economic hegemony over an independent nation or extended geographical area without necessarily reducing the subordinate nation or area to the legal status of a colony.
Origin of neocolonialism
First recorded in 1960-65; neo- + colonialism
Related forms
neocolonial, neocolonialist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for neocolonial


(in the modern world) political control by an outside power of a country that is in theory sovereign and independent, esp through the domination of its economy
Derived Forms
neocolonial, adjective
neocolonialist, noun
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Word Origin and History for neocolonial



also neo-colonialism, 1955, from neo- + colonialism.

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neocolonial in Culture

neocolonialism definition

The dominance of strong nations over weak nations, not by direct political control (as in traditional colonialism), but by economic and cultural influence.

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