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cit′y-state`(n.)

  1. (n.)a sovereign state consisting of an autonomous city with its dependencies.

    Category: Government

Origin of city-state:

1890–95

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  1. City-state

    A city-state is an independent or autonomous entity not administered as a part of another local government whose territory consists of a city and possibly its surrounding territory. A city-state can also be defined as a central city and its surrounding villages, which together follow the same law, have one form of government, and share languages, religious beliefs, and ways of life. Historically this included famed cities like Rome, Athens and Carthage, but today only five sovereign city-states exist: Monaco, Singapore, Vatican City, San Marino and Malta.

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