associated state

associated state

noun
a nation with limited sovereignty, especially a former colony that now assumes responsibility for domestic affairs but continues to depend on the colonial ruler for defense and foreign policy.
Also, associate state.


Origin:
1955–60

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associated state

noun
a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty [syn: protectorate
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