post·​co·​lo·​nial | \ ˌpōst-kə-ˈlō-nē-əl How to pronounce postcolonial (audio) , -nyəl \

Definition of postcolonial

: of, relating to, or being a time after colonialism postcolonial America Carter was the first American president to take seriously the entire postcolonial era that has remade the globe since World War II.— Garry Wills

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Recent Examples on the Web But wars and conflicts also erupted after the Soviet Union collapsed and postcolonial debt-settling spiked. Washington Post, "‘End of history’? 30 years on, does that idea still hold up?," 7 Nov. 2019 Seven decades ago, the founders of postcolonial India outlawed caste discrimination and enshrined affirmative action in the constitution. Washington Post, "India’s Caste System," 25 Oct. 2019 Despite the joyous stupidity, Trump’s leering glances toward Greenland made clear in less than 24 hours why America and the rest of the globe’s major powers continue to be postcolonial in name only. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Colonizers Have Turned Their Eyes to Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 In a news climate dominated by opponents of immigration, Mehta brings personal, postcolonial and global anguish to a broader American readership. Bilal Qureshi, Washington Post, "Immigration as reparation for colonialism, climate change and corporate greed," 21 June 2019 Mugabe thereby became the first revolutionary elected by popular vote in Africa’s postcolonial history. Lily Rothman, Time, "Robert Mugabe Ruled Zimbabwe for Decades. Here's How He First Came to Power," 6 Sep. 2019 The postcolonial scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak aptly describes the imperial impulse as the drive of white men saving brown women from brown men. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 The same postcolonial theorists who assign your books & videos in classes. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Reckons with Fame," 1 June 2018 The same postcolonial theorists who assign your books & videos in classes. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Comes to Terms with Global Fame," 28 May 2018

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Postcolonial.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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