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failed state Syllabification: failed state

Definition of failed state in English:


A state whose political or economic system has become so weak that the government is no longer in control: if we turn our back on the developing world we will see more failed states
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  • The country appears to be on the verge of becoming a failed state ruled by roaming warlords.
  • A state that can't feed its people is a failed state.
  • We were poor, weak and lonely and we were viewed as a failed state and a pariah nation.
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