- The definition of colonialism is the act of one nation controlling another for economic gain.
An example of colonialism was England’s control over India.
colonialism definition by Webster's New World
the system or policy by which a country maintains foreign colonies, esp. in order to exploit them economically
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- colonialist noun, adjective
colonialism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A policy by which a nation maintains or extends its control over foreign dependencies.
- co·loˈni·al·ist noun