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polycentrism

[ pol-ee-sen-triz-uhm ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈsɛn trɪz əm /
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noun
the doctrine that a plurality of independent centers of leadership, power, or ideology may exist within a single political system, especially Communism.
the fact of having many centers of authority or importance: the polycentrism of American intellectual life.
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Origin of polycentrism

First recorded in 1955–60; polycentr(ic) + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM polycentrism

pol·y·cen·tric, adjectivepol·y·cen·trist, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polycentrism

polycentrism
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈsɛntrɪzəm) /

noun
(formerly) the fact, principle, or advocacy of the existence of more than one guiding or predominant ideological or political centre in a political system, alliance, etc, in the Communist world
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