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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A policy whereby a major power uses economic and political means to perpetuate or extend its influence over underdeveloped nations or areas: "Strong elements of neocolonialism persist in the economic relations of the rich and poor countries” ( Scientific American).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The control or domination by a powerful country over weaker ones (especially former colonies) by the use of economic pressure, political suppression and cultural dominance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Control by a powerful country of its former colonies (or other less developed countries) by economic pressures. In contrast to colonialism, in which one country controls another territory by military force.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. control by a powerful country of its former colonies (or other less developed countries) by economic pressures


From neo- +‎ colonialism, or neocolonial +‎ -ism. (Wiktionary)


  • When I use the term neocolonialism, it is to express a form of exploitation that is different from that of direct occupation and exploitation of countries.


  • Now then, we do not use the term neocolonialism to avoid the term imperialism.


  • I have wondered, upon hearing you on various occasions: Why is the term neocolonialism used instead of the term imperialism in the speeches I read as an economics student?


  • When I use the word neocolonialism, I am referring to the situation in the Third World and the current system of exploitation, both of which are part of imperialism.


  • This dependence is called neocolonialism, a term defined by the African statesman Kwame Nkrumah (1909 -- 72) in his book Neocolonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism.

    How Obama Thinks

  • That is neocolonialism, which is the current expression of imperialism.


  • Kenya's prime minister complained of "neocolonialism," but the message went over well with the local media and population, who welcomed the pressure on their corrupt political classes.

    The Hillary Doctrine

  • He blamed "neocolonialism" for social tensions in his nation of 12.5 million, mostly poor tribal people.

    Africa's Silence On Mugabe

  • Today, Christian evangelical activity in the region is seen as a kind of neocolonialism, said Abdulaziz Sachedina, chairman of the Washington-based Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy.

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  • FASHIR, Sudan -- The Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Sunday in Fashir, capital city of North Darfur state, that the country will fight against "neocolonialism".



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