poly·​cen·​trism ˌpä-lē-ˈsen-ˌtri-zəm How to pronounce polycentrism (audio)
: the existence of many centers of Communist ideological thought
especially : the existence of a number of autonomous national Communist movements

Examples of polycentrism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once this process starts in a mind-hub positive feedback loops and winner-take-all dynamics drive the system so that polycentrism shifts toward one-hub-to-rule-them-all. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2011

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Word History


polycentr(ic) + -ism

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polycentrism was in 1956

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“Polycentrism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polycentrism. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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