Balkanization

[[t]bɔ͟ːlkənaɪze͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]]
N-UNCOUNT (disapproval)
(The spellings balkanization, and in British English balkanisation are also used.)
If you disapprove of the division of a country into separate independent states, you can refer to the Balkanization of the country.

We've never accepted that there should be fragmentation or balkanization of the country.


English dictionary. 2008.

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