Definition of nation state in English:

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nation state

noun

A sovereign state of which most of the citizens or subjects are united also by factors which define a nation, such as language or common descent: Nepal emerged as a nation state in the eighteenth century
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  • 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.

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