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failed state

noun
1.
a nation in which the government has lost political authority and control and is unable to fulfill the basic responsibilities of a sovereign state.
Origin
1990-1995
1990-95
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failed state

noun
1.
a weak state where social and political structures have collapsed to the point where the government has little or no control
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