semifeudal

adjective
semi·​feu·​dal | \ ˌse-mē-ˈfyü-dᵊl How to pronounce semifeudal (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semifeudal

: having some characteristics of feudalism

Examples of semifeudal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country had an economy largely dominated by latifundios, semifeudal plantations whose owners treated their peasants as racially inferior and almost indistinguishable from property. Dan Kaufman, The New York Review of Books, 9 Feb. 2022

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First Known Use of semifeudal

1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Semifeudal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semifeudal. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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