a sovereign state inhabited by a relatively homogeneous group of people who share a feeling of common nationality.

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an independent state inhabited by all the people of one nation and one nation only

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Example sentences
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.
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