Definition of nation-state in English:



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  • A sovereign state whose citizens or subjects are relatively homogeneous in factors such as language or common descent.

    ‘Nepal emerged as a nation state in the eighteenth century’
    • ‘The reliance on national governments and the nation state leaves the door open for the most reactionary forces.’
    • ‘Like neighbouring Mali to her west, Niger is not a nation state defined by one language and one race, but a Commonwealth of peoples.’
    • ‘The sovereign nation state, so the argument goes, leaves little social policy role for the European level.’
    • ‘If nationalism and the nation state were to some degree discredited on the Continent, they were vindicated in Britain.’
    • ‘The interests of the working class do not lie in the defence and protection of the national borders of the nation state.’
    • ‘They defend the framework of the nation state and often promote some form of nationalism or regionalism.’
    • ‘His argument is that the constitution of Europe will be a step towards the death of the nation state and towards the constitution of the multitude.’
    • ‘Fundamentally, their aim was to create a sovereign nation state.’
    • ‘It is just that the identity of the nation state will be defined far more by cultural identity than by economic identity.’
    • ‘One effect of this ability was a desire that history should serve the needs of the nation state in producing national histories.’
    • ‘Globalisation undermined the nation state system upon which capitalism is historically based.’
    • ‘The irony for nationalists is that the nation state is less able to deliver than ever.’
    • ‘Yet all of the old parties and organisations are rooted in the nation state.’
    • ‘As the first national political party, it was organically integrated into the very functioning of the nation state.’
    • ‘In the final analysis, the war resulted from the fact that in the epoch of world economy, the nation state was no longer viable.’
    • ‘Their editorial sought to remind Washington of Georgia's fragility as a functioning nation state.’
    • ‘Their answer to globalisation is a strengthening of the nation state.’
    • ‘The ruling class is bound with a thousand threads to the nation state.’
    • ‘This is a dangerous precedent to set since, after all, we are not the only nation state in the world.’
    • ‘Any attempt to force the world economy back into the corset of the nation state will inevitably end in a catastrophe.’