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[sen-truh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɛn trə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/

the act or fact of centralizing; fact of being centralized.
the concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
Chiefly Sociology.


1801, especially of administrative power, originally with reference to Napoleonic France and on model of French centralisation. See centralize + -ation.


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