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centralization

[sen-truh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɛn trə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or fact of centralizing; fact of being centralized.
2.
the concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
3.
Chiefly Sociology.
  1. a process whereby social groups and institutions become increasingly dependent on a central group or institution.
  2. concentration of control or power in a few individuals.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; centralize + -ation
Related forms
anticentralization, adjective, noun
overcentralization, noun
procentralization, adjective
recentralization, noun
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centralization

n.

1801, especially of administrative power, originally with reference to Napoleonic France and on model of French centralisation. See centralize + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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