neo·​co·​lo·​nial·​ism | \ ˌnē-ō-kə-ˈlōn-yə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce neocolonialism (audio) , -ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌli-\

Definition of neocolonialism

: the economic and political policies by which a great power indirectly maintains or extends its influence over other areas or people … wary opponents of neocolonialism are scrupulous about keeping their nonaligned credentials intact.The Economist

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Other Words from neocolonialism

neocolonial \ ˌnē-​ō-​kə-​ˈlōn-​yəl How to pronounce neocolonial (audio) , -​ˈlō-​nē-​əl \ adjective
neocolonialist \ ˌnē-​ō-​kə-​ˈlōn-​yə-​list How to pronounce neocolonialist (audio) , -​ˈlō-​nē-​ə-​list \ noun or adjective

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What Facebook saw as beneficence, Indians saw as neocolonialism. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Global Tech Backlash Is Just Beginning," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of neocolonialism

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neocolonialism

neo- + colonialism

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