semi·​co·​lo·​nial ˌse-mē-kə-ˈlō-nyəl How to pronounce semicolonial (audio)
: nominally independent but actually under foreign domination
: dependent on foreign nations as suppliers of manufactured goods and as purchasers of raw materials
ˌse-mē-nyə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce semicolonial (audio)

Examples of semicolonial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though Afghanistan was never formally colonized, Britain maintained a discreet semicolonial presence in the country that was continually resisted—the source of a series of Anglo-Afghan wars in the 19th and 20th centuries. Priya Satia, Time, 27 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of semicolonial was in 1932

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“Semicolonial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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