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city-state

[sit-ee-steyt] /ˈsɪt iˌsteɪt/
noun
1.
a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • A citystate is a region controlled exclusively by a city, usually having sovereignty.
  • However, citystate cultures were far from universal in the ancient world.
  • Both ports had docks for the large war fleet of the citystate.
British Dictionary definitions for citystate

city-state

noun
1.
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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