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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na′tion-state`(n.)

  1. a sovereign state inhabited by a fairly homogeneous group of people who share a feeling of common nationality.

    Category: Government

Origin of nation-state:

1915–20

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  1. nation-state(Noun)

    a political entity (a state) associated with a particular cultural entity (a nation)

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  1. Nation state

    A nation state is a geographical area that can be identified as deriving its political legitimacy from serving as a sovereign nation. A state is a political and geopolitical entity, while a nation is a cultural and ethnic one. The term "nation state" implies that the two coincide, but "nation state" formation can take place at different times in different parts of the world, and has become the dominant form of world organization. The concept of a nation state can be compared and contrasted with that of the multinational state, city state, empire, confederation, and other state formations with which it may overlap. The key distinction is the identification of a people with a polity in the "nation state."

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