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[ney-shuh n-steyt] /ˈneɪ ʃənˌsteɪt/
a sovereign state inhabited by a relatively homogeneous group of people who share a feeling of common nationality.
1915-20 Unabridged
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  • More and more people are becoming fearful about the direction in which the modern, secular nation state is going.
  • But still some people see the idea of nation state as a given and as eternal and national sovereignty as sacred.
  • Doing so however will also facilitate the migration of work out of state or out of nation state.
  • Please keep in mind that policy is implemented on a nation state level and not a global level.
  • Of course, they don't enjoy all the abilities of a nation state.
  • One uncertainty is key players, or the relative importance of the nation state.
  • It's possible that the rise of the nation state has led to the reduction in languages worldwide and the reduction of bilingualism.
British Dictionary definitions for nation state


an independent state inhabited by all the people of one nation and one nation only
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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