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

Examples of postcolonial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Third, Western governments should engage differently with postcolonial, multiethnic states such as Nigeria. John Campbell, Quartz Africa, "A former ambassador says the US needs to reimagine its engagement with a modern Nigeria," 3 Dec. 2020 The new Defender is a triumph of industrial design, a big, beautiful box of postcolonial nostalgia, if not amnesia, evoking the primitive overlanders of empire while being nothing like them internally. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Is Land Rover’s New Defender SUV More Trouble Than It’s Worth?," 3 Dec. 2020 This means acknowledging and teaching the darker side of Britain’s imperial legacy, but also reading that history from the viewpoint of the postcolonial immigrant communities themselves, which have been woven into British life for centuries. Jenny Uglow, The New York Review of Books, "Making London Their Own," 17 Nov. 2020 Those who pulled down the Colston statue were, in a way, making history—by insisting that public space reflect the values of postcolonial Britain, just as citizens of former colonies have renamed, removed, and reframed imperial symbols. Maya Jasanoff, The New Yorker, "Misremembering the British Empire," 26 Oct. 2020 Inspired ideologically and aesthetically by the original Black Panthers from California but attuned to their own communities’ postcolonial contexts, the British Black Panthers campaigned against racial discrimination. Aida Amako,, "Black Women Weren’t Just Part Of Britain’s Black Panther Movement, They Led It," 23 Aug. 2020 Mali is a poor place, struggling under postcolonial burdens, landlocked between seven neighboring countries, at risk of desertification, and fighting an insurgency. Teju Cole, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Mali, Music Is a Family Legacy," 21 Aug. 2020 David has written extensively on internalized oppression and postcolonial psychology. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska father speaks out after his kids find traditional dishes listed in book of ‘disgusting’ foods," 28 Feb. 2020 The city’s scene features a unique postcolonial mesh of nationalities — Angolan, Guinean, Cape Verdean and Mozambican among them — and the music reflects that diversity. Kate Hutchinson, New York Times, "Pongo Turns Her Struggles Into Pop," 17 Feb. 2020

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Postcolonial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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