What does decolonization mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decolonization, decolonisation(noun)

    the action of changing from colonial to independent status


  1. decolonization(Noun)

    the freeing of a colony etc from dependent status by granting it independence


  1. Decolonization

    Decolonization is the undoing of colonialism, the unequal relation of polities whereby one people or nation establishes and maintains dependent Territory over another. It can be understood politically or culturally The term refers particularly to the dismantlement, in the years after World War II, of the Neo-Imperial empires established prior to World War I throughout Africa and Asia. The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization has stated that in the process of decolonization there is no alternative to the colonizer's allowance of self-determination, but in practice decolonization may involve either nonviolent revolution or national liberation wars by the native population. It may be intramural or involve the intervention of foreign powers acting individually or through international bodies such as the United Nations. Although examples of decolonization can be found as early as the writings of Thucydides, there have been several particularly active periods of decolonization in modern times. These are the breakup of the Spanish Empire in the 19th century; of the German, Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian Empires following World War I; of the British, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Belgian and Italian colonial empires following World War II; of the Russian Empire successor union following the Cold War; and others.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decolonization in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decolonization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Majaletje Mathume:

    Although it is long overdue, it is only the first step in a broader debate about transformation and decolonization at this campus.

  2. Timothy Kaldas:

    The policy of import substitution was popular during the period of decolonization ... It's one of those policies that looks good on paper but doesn't work, lots of things are imported because there is no alternative but also because they are cheaper than domestic alternatives. There are many imports poor people depend on. Even if in theory local production could pick up the slack it would take time and in the meantime we could see a sharp reduction in employment.

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