post·​com·​mu·​nist | \ ˌpōst-ˈkäm-yə-nist How to pronounce postcommunist (audio) , -yü- \

Definition of postcommunist

: existing or occurring after the decline or end of communism postcommunist reformation … what's at stake here is the establishment of a new form of governance that's been spreading across postcommunist Central and Eastern Europe …— Dalibor Rohac

Examples of postcommunist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His work in postcommunist states could be dispiriting. James Taranto, WSJ, "What Went Wrong With Human Rights," 17 Aug. 2018 Conditions are better elsewhere, but the gap between prosperous European countries like Germany and postcommunist states like Poland remains immense. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Putin Is Weak. Europe Doesn’t Have to Be," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of postcommunist

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Postcommunist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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