the status or condition of being a state, especially a state of the U.S.

1865–70, Americanism; state + -hood Unabridged
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state (steɪt)
1.  the condition of a person, thing, etc, with regard to main attributes
2.  the structure, form, or constitution of something: a solid state
3.  any mode of existence
4.  position in life or society; estate
5.  ceremonious style, as befitting wealth or dignity: to live in state
6.  a sovereign political power or community
7.  the territory occupied by such a community
8.  the sphere of power in such a community: affairs of state
9.  (often capital) one of a number of areas or communities having their own governments and forming a federation under a sovereign government, as in the US
10.  (often capital) the body politic of a particular sovereign power, esp as contrasted with a rival authority such as the Church
11.  obsolete a class or order; estate
12.  informal a nervous, upset, or excited condition (esp in the phrase in a state)
13.  lie in state (of a body) to be placed on public view before burial
14.  state of affairs a situation; present circumstances or condition
15.  state of play the current situation
16.  controlled or financed by a state: state university
17.  of, relating to, or concerning the State: State trial
18.  involving ceremony or concerned with a ceremonious occasion: state visit
19.  to articulate in words; utter
20.  to declare formally or publicly: to state one's innocence
21.  to resolve
[C13: from Old French estat, from Latin status a standing, from stāre to stand]

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But statehood must be, at some point, a willing acceptance of principles.
There are peoples that aspire to statehood and peoples that have statehood thrust upon them.
But the decision has laid down one stone on the road to statehood.
The first day of statehood was top-of-the-page news for this newspaper's predecessor, below.
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