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

Examples of neocolonialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web China’s ever-expanding footprint on the continent has provoked frequent complaints of neocolonialism. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "What an African free-trade deal means for the world," 9 Sep. 2019 Reid says Jay-Z and the NFL, just like Malcolm Jenkins and the Players Coalition before this, have engaged in neocolonialism. Jonathan Jones,, "The Sliver of Hope for Jay-Z’s NFL Ambitions," 21 Aug. 2019 The Danish involvement has caused friction with Greenlandic leaders, who have denounced it as neocolonialism. Martin Selsoe Sorensen,, "‘Not for sale’: Trump’s talk of buying Greenland draws derision," 16 Aug. 2019 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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“Neocolonialism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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