associated state

or associate state


noun

a nation with limited sovereignty, especially a former colony that now assumes responsibility for domestic affairs but continues to depend on the colonial ruler for defense and foreign policy.

Nearby words

  1. associate degree,
  2. associate of arts,
  3. associate professor,
  4. associated,
  5. associated movement,
  6. associated statehood,
  7. association,
  8. association area,
  9. association constant,
  10. association cortex

Origin of associated state

First recorded in 1955–60

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