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neocolonialism

[nee-oh-kuh-loh-nee-uh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of neocolonialism

First recorded in 1960–65; neo- + colonialism
Related formsne·o·co·lo·ni·al, ne·o·co·lo·ni·al·ist, noun, adjective
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neocolonialism

noun
  1. (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
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Derived Formsneocolonial, adjectiveneocolonialist, noun
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Word Origin and History for neocolonialism

n.

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

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neocolonialism in Culture

neocolonialism

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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