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gramadan

[grah-mah-dahn, grah-mah-dahn, grahm-dahn] /grɑˈmɑ dɑn, ˌgrɑ mɑˈdɑn, grɑmˈdɑn/
noun
1.
the practice advocated by followers of Mahatma Gandhi in which village landowners in India transfer the title to and the management of their property to a village assembly that represents the interests of all the villagers.
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[grahm-dahn] /grɑmˈdɑn/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; < Hindi grāmadān, equivalent to grāma village + dān gift, donation
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