Definitions for colonialismkəˈloʊ ni əˌlɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

co•lo•ni•al•ismkəˈloʊ ni əˌlɪz əm(n.)

  1. the system or policy by which a nation seeks to extend or retain its authority over other peoples or territories.

    Category: Government

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co•lo′ni•al•ist(n.; adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. colonialism(noun)

    exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country


  1. colonialism(Noun)

    The colonial domination policy pursued by the powers of Europe, from the second half of the XIX century to the years following World War II. A colonial system.

  2. colonialism(Noun)

    A colonial linguistic expression. Term or expression of colonial origin entered in a language.

  3. colonialism(Noun)

    Colonial life.


  1. Colonialism

    Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition and expansion of colonies in one territory by people from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and between the colonists and the indigenous population. The European colonial period was the era from the 1500s to the mid-1900s when several European powers established colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. At first the countries followed mercantilist policies designed to strengthen the home economy at the expense of rivals, so the colonies were usually allowed to trade only with the mother country. By the mid-19th century, however, the powerful British Empire gave up mercantilism and trade restrictions and introduced the principle of free trade, with few restrictions or tariffs.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Colonialism

    The aggregate of various economic, political, and social policies by which an imperial power maintains or extends its control over other areas or peoples. It includes the practice of or belief in acquiring and retaining colonies. The emphasis is less on its identity as an ideological political system than on its designation in a period of history. (Webster, 3d ed; from Dr. J. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)

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