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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
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Since old China was rarely confronted with international problems, the Chinese were not aware of their realm as a nation-state.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • It is the same sense of community held, at a different scale and with different goals, by the nation-state.

  • Together with the nation-state, the modern notion of nationality was defined and became a major force of political life.

  • Indeed, the predicament of the nation-state is such that going back may be the only benign way of going forward.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for nation-state


an independent state inhabited by all the people of one nation and one nation only
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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