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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.
Origin of nation-state
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The nation-state would play a diminished role, and sovereignty would lose some of its political potency.
  • People must learn to live with a degree of conflict and tension in a culturally diverse nation-state.
  • It seems that, under the government s case, his only crime was to put his religion before his nation-state.
  • He has begun to visualize the stirrings of a nation-state.
  • National merger is not even occurring on the modest level of the corporation, as opposed to the level of the nation-state.
  • The evolutionary life of the nation-state will turn out to be far shorter than that of the pterodactyl.
  • It seems that football took to the world pitch at about the same time as the modern independent nation-state.
  • For the oligarchs that run the media, the nation-state is a means to an end.
  • By weakening the nation-state, they weaken the ability of governments to respond to the problems they create.
  • Of course not, because the nation-state had not been invented.
British Dictionary definitions for nation-state


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