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[fin-luh n-duh-zey-shuh n]
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  1. the neutralization of a country in terms of its allegiance to the superpowers, in the way that the Soviet Union rendered Finland neutral and friendly without making it a satellite state or requiring that it adopt Communism.
  2. such a neutral status pursued as a deliberate act of policy by a lesser power.
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Origin of Finlandization

First recorded in 1965–70; Finland + -ization
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British Dictionary definitions for finlandization



  1. neutralization of a small country by a superpower, using conciliation, as the former Soviet Union did in relation to Finland
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