Definition of colonialism in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈləʊnɪəlɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically: the state apparatus that was dominant under colonialism
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  • This period has been characterised by a resurgence of imperialist wars and outright colonialism.
  • The positive case argues that, on the contrary, colonialism played an economically progressive role.
  • This is the clearest manifestation of resurgent imperialism and colonialism on a world scale.

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