[sen-truh-luh-zey-shuh n]


the act or fact of centralizing; fact of being centralized.
the concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
Chiefly Sociology.
  1. a process whereby social groups and institutions become increasingly dependent on a central group or institution.
  2. concentration of control or power in a few individuals.

Origin of centralization

First recorded in 1795–1805; centralize + -ation
Related formsan·ti·cen·tral·i·za·tion, adjective, nouno·ver·cen·tral·i·za·tion, nounpro·cen·tral·i·za·tion, adjectivere·cen·tral·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for over-centralization

Historical Examples of over-centralization

  • France under the Ancien Rgime was suffering all the evils that result from over-centralization and "red tape."

Word Origin and History for over-centralization



1801, especially of administrative power, originally with reference to Napoleonic France and on model of French centralisation. See centralize + -ation.

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