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Meaning of colonialism

co•lo•ni•al•ism

Pronunciation: (ku-lō'nē-u-liz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the control or governing influence of a nation over a dependent country, territory, or people.
  2. the system or policy by which a nation maintains or advocates such control or influence.
  3. the state or condition of being colonial.
  4. an idea, custom, or practice peculiar to a colony.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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