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buffer state

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noun
  1. a nation lying between potentially hostile larger nations.
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Origin of buffer state

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for buffer state

Historical Examples

  • She sketches out a letter to be written to the lady who is at present a buffer-state between the dried man and the parched women.

    Somehow Good

    William de Morgan

  • From that date to the 'Forty-five, Carlisle's history is mainly that of a kind of "buffer-state" between the two kingdoms.

    In the Border Country

    W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett

  • Do you believe that Russia merely covets the buffer-state Afghanistan, or do its intentions go further?

  • Clearly it was not to Russia's interest to weaken the only buffer-state that remained between her and the Empire of the West.

  • The “buffer-state” of modern diplomacy is of the same ineffectual type.


British Dictionary definitions for buffer state

buffer state

noun
  1. a small neutral state between two rival powers
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