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[ney-shuh n-hoo d] /ˈneɪ ʃənˌhʊd/
the state or quality of having status as a separate and independent nation:
an African colony that achieved nationhood.
Origin of nationhood
First recorded in 1840-50; nation + -hood Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • nationhood is, then, essentially a psychological conception.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • If we fail to do our part nobly the whole fabric of nationhood will fall.

    The Affable Stranger Peter McArthur
  • The colonies have come to be nations, very jealous of their nationhood.

    The Irish Constitution Darrell Figgis
  • He formulated the demand for Irish nationhood with clearness and precision.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
  • It is also derived from the fact of nationhood, but from the achievement of nationhood at the other end of history.

    The Irish Constitution Darrell Figgis
  • Serbia is full of faith and hope, because she knows that she is not, and never will be, deprived of nationhood.

    The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere

    Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
  • Down on the Atlantic seaboard of America a new people just twelve years before had gone through the birth-throes of nationhood.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • I believe the decision of the next few days will prove to be the crisis in America's nationhood.

    Carry On Coningsby Dawson
  • What, then, is the essential condition for lack of which any such people would fall short of nationhood?

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • The answer to the riddle of the definition of nationhood is to be found in the conception of the group mind.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
Word Origin and History for nationhood

1840, from nation + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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