a nation in which the police, especially a secret police, summarily suppresses any social, economic, or political act that conflicts with governmental policy.
Words nearby police state
Origin of police state
First recorded in 1860–65
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British Dictionary definitions for police state
a state or country in which a repressive government maintains control through the police
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Culture definitions for police state
A nation whose rulers maintain order and obedience by the threat of police or military force; one with a brutal, arbitrary government.
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