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
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.
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