a nation in which the government has lost political authority and control and is unable to fulfill the basic responsibilities of a sovereign state.
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Origin of failed state
First recorded in 1990–95
Words nearby failed state
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British Dictionary definitions for failed state
a weak state where social and political structures have collapsed to the point where the government has little or no control
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