neocolonialism

[nee-oh-kuh-loh-nee-uh-liz-uhm]
noun
the policy of a strong nation in seeking political and economic hegemony over an independent nation or extended geographical area without necessarily reducing the subordinate nation or area to the legal status of a colony.

Origin:
1960–65; neo- + colonialism

neocolonial, neocolonialist, noun, adjective
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neocolonialism (ˌniːəʊkəˈləʊnɪəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
(in the modern world) political control by an outside power of a country that is in theory sovereign and independent, esp through the domination of its economy
 
neoco'lonial
 
adj
 
neoco'lonialist
 
n

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neocolonialism definition


The dominance of strong nations over weak nations, not by direct political control (as in traditional colonialism), but by economic and cultural influence.

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Neocolonialism ascribes these relationships to an intentional policy.
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