bicommunal

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adjective bi·com·mu·nal \ (ˌ)bī-kə-ˈmyü-nᵊl , -ˈkä-myə- \

Definition of bicommunal

:involving or including two distinct communities of people :of, relating to, or being a society composed of two distinct or separate communities often with conflicting interests
  • In the Canadian federation, there is a strong bicommunal element, given the fundamental English-speaking and French-speaking division.
  • —Ronald L. WattsAutonomy and Ethnicity: Negotiating Competing Claims in Multi-ethnic States2000
  • In any case, neither the EU nor any supranational structure would possess any innate advantage in attempts to resolve bicommunal disputes such as that in Northern Ireland.
  • —Derek W. UrwinRegions and Regionalism in Europe2004
  • Perhaps most importantly, Rwanda can be described as a bicommunal society. This term refers to a society where over 80 percent of the population belongs to one of two well-defined identity groups. Also, the two groups in Rwanda are not in balance. Bicommunal societies are marked by social differentiation and segregation, which often results in political separation or conflict.
  • —John James Quinn et al.Ethnic Conflict and International Politics2004

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First Known Use of bicommunal

1964


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