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“Decentralized” or “Decentralised”


Decentralized and decentralised are both English terms.


Decentralized is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while decentralised is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
decentralized 99 47 70 97 96 41 0 54 45 100 100 100
decentralised 1 53 30 3 4 59 0 46 55 0 0 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (99 to 1).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 53 to 47 preference for "decentralised" over "decentralized".
  • In India, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (70 to 30).
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (97 to 3).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (96 to 4).
  • In Australia, there is a 59 to 41 preference for "decentralised" over "decentralized".
  • In Liberia, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "decentralized" and "decentralised".
  • In Ireland, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (54 to 46).
  • In New Zealand, there is a 55 to 45 preference for "decentralised" over "decentralized".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (100 to 0).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (100 to 0).
  • In Guyana, there is a preference for "decentralized" over "decentralised" (100 to 0).

Below, we provide some examples of when to use decentralized or decentralised with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “decentralized”

  • provide training on federalism and decentralized governance, as well as sector
  • professional partnership which has a decentralized organization relationship between the national
  • who support some form of decentralized economic planning and pro-market anarchists
  • can only be established through decentralized, non-coercive organization.
  • NBTS thus became a fully decentralized unit.
  • Decentralized network 42 (also known as
  • These "greenbelt" advocates called for decentralized, automobile-oriented development as a means
  • however, Congregationalists practiced a more decentralized form of church governance described
  • in February 2006, establishes a decentralized semi-presidential republic, with a separation
  • asserts that since knowledge is decentralized ("the knowledge of the particular

Examples of “decentralised”

  • constitutes libertarian ideas of a decentralised local government as opposed to
  • to be more widespread and decentralised.
  • ALADDIN: autonomous learning agents for decentralised data and information networks (2005–2010)
  • this was done was highly decentralised and required the issuance of
  • treatment performance similar to conventional decentralised wastewater treatment systems but with
  • Australia is also the most decentralised.
  • The Swiss government had a decentralised structure, so even the Federal
  • travelled from Niani, the more decentralised the mansa's power became.
  • Iwaki is a decentralised city created the merger of
  • involved the sort of relationship-orientated, decentralised community mobilisation that he wished

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