semicolonial

adjective
semi·​co·​lo·​nial | \ ˌse-mē-kə-ˈlō-nyəl How to pronounce semicolonial (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -nē-əl \

Definition of semicolonial

1 : nominally independent but actually under foreign domination
2 : dependent on foreign nations as suppliers of manufactured goods and as purchasers of raw materials

Other Words from semicolonial

semicolonialism \ ˌse-​mē-​nyə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce semicolonial (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ , -​nē-​ə-​ \ noun

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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First Known Use of semicolonial

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Semicolonial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semicolonial. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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