(noun) “[A] society that operates on a strict hierarchical system of power based around land ownership and protection” (OpenStax College 2012).

Audio Pronunciation: (feu·dal·ism)

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Usage Notes:

  • Also called:
    • feudal society
    • feudal system
  • To control an area using feudalism, a (noun) feudalist (verb) feudalizes it using (adjective) feudal or (adjective) feudalistic methods.

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OpenStax College. 2012. Types of Societies. Connexions. June 12, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42814/1.3/).