from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Excessive devotion to local interests and customs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The existence, development, or exhibition of sectional prejudices, or of a sectional spirit, arising from the clashing of sectional interests, whether commercial or political: the arraying of one section of a country against another on questions of interest or policy, as. in the United States. the Northern States against the Southern, or the contrary; sectional prejudice or hatred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun United States A disproportionate regard for the interests peculiar to a section of the country; local patriotism, as distinguished from national.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Promoting the good of one region over that of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a partiality for some particular place


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