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Meaning of continentalism

con•ti•nen•tal•ism

Pronunciation: (kon"tn-en'tl-iz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. an attitude, expression, etc., characteristic of a continent, esp. of Europe.
  2. an attitude or policy of favoritism or partiality to a continent: American continentalism.
  3. the belief or doctrine that the U.S. and Canada should merge into a North American nation, esp. for mutual economic benefit.
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