communalism [käm′yo͞o nəliz΄əm, käm′yə nəliz΄əm; ] also [kə myo͞o′nəliz΄əm]
[Fr communalisme]
1. a theory or system of government in which communes or local communities, sometimes on an ethnic or religious basis, have virtual autonomy within a federated state
2. the conflicting allegiance resulting from this
3. communal organization
n., adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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