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[sit-ee-steyt] /ˈsɪt iˌsteɪt/
a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.
Origin of city-state
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The word finance is a slavish word, unknown in the city-state.
  • Discusses the island-based city-state's management of forests on the mainland.
  • While oil revenues fueled its early development, now trade and tourism power this city-state's phenomenal growth rate.
  • The sorrowful satchel was the mascot of a citizens' rebellion against a proposed school restructuring in the city-state.
  • But even in these straitened times, the city-state has rolled out this latest bauble with its usual flair.
  • It has already proved that combining business with tourism can be a successful formula for a city-state.
British Dictionary definitions for city-state


a state consisting of a sovereign city and its dependencies. Among the most famous are the great independent cities of the ancient world, such as Athens, Sparta, Carthage, Thebes, Corinth, and Rome
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