[ 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.
Related formsne·o·co·lo·ni·al, ne·o·co·lo·ni·al·ist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for neocolonialism
/ (ˌniːəʊkəˈləʊnɪəˌlɪzəm) /
(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 Formsneocolonial, adjectiveneocolonialist, noun
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Word Origin and History for neocolonialism
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Culture definitions for 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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