noun \kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌli-zəm, -nyə-ˌli-\

: control by one country over another area and its people

Full Definition of COLONIALISM

:  the quality or state of being colonial
:  something characteristic of a colony
a :  control by one power over a dependent area or people
b :  a policy advocating or based on such control
co·lo·nial·ist \-list\ noun or adjective
co·lo·nial·is·tic \-ˌlō-nē-ə-ˈlis-tik, -nyə-ˈlis-\ adjective

First Known Use of COLONIALISM


Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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