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[steyt-lis] /ˈsteɪt lɪs/
lacking nationality.
Finance. of, relating to, or consisting of any currency deposited in banks outside the country of original issue.
1600-10; state + -less
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statelessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stateless
  • For evidence, he points to archaeological studies and observations of stateless societies today.
  • stateless sessions make database queries and updates robust by setting transaction boundaries at each business method.
  • They enshrined and guaranteed the rights of refugees and stateless persons and created a system for protecting them.
  • The grant is intended primarily for refugees or other populations of concern, such as vulnerable migrants and stateless persons.
British Dictionary definitions for stateless


without nationality: stateless persons
without a state or states
(mainly Brit) without ceremonial dignity
Derived Forms
statelessness, noun
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stateless in Technology

A stateless server is one which treats each request as an independent transaction, unrelated to any previous request. This simplifies the server design because it does not need to allocate storage to deal with conversations in progress or worry about freeing it if a client dies in mid-transaction. A disadvantage is that it may be necessary to include more information in each request and this extra information will need to be interpreted by the server each time.
An example of a stateless server is a World-Wide Web server. These take in requests (URLs) which completely specify the required document and do not require any context or memory of previous requests.
Contrast this with a traditional FTP server which conducts an interactive session with the user. A request to the server for a file can assume that the user has been authenticated and that the current directory and transfer mode have been set.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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