1. lacking nationality.
  2. Finance. of, relating to, or consisting of any currency deposited in banks outside the country of original issue.

Origin of stateless

First recorded in 1600–10; state + -less
Related formsstate·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stateless

Contemporary Examples of stateless

  • She is rootless and stateless, having little in the way of rights or protection from exploitation.

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    The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War

    Chandra Kellison

    September 16, 2014

  • Abu Rmeidah may still be stateless, but on July 30th, he could face off with his Israeli opponent on an equal playing field.

  • Against our will, we were forced to try the stateless approach for 1900 years.

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    Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition

    Shmarya Rosenberg

    April 4, 2012

  • We are a stateless people, and we must confront adversity along with many painful circumstances in Tibet itself.

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    Why I Laugh

    Dalai Lama

    October 24, 2010

  • The sentiment remains apt as the U.S. and its allies battle against a stateless enemy.

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    The CIA's Secret Grief

    Howard L. Rosenberg

    January 5, 2010

Historical Examples of stateless

  • Because the goblin bee has stung our own souls, shall we seek to share the pain of its stateless sting with all we meet?

  • One is for Soviet citizens, one is for citizens of foreign countries, I believe, and another is for stateless persons.

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    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for stateless


  1. without nationalitystateless persons
  2. without a state or states
  3. mainly British without ceremonial dignity
Derived Formsstatelessness, noun
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