Definition of buffer state in English:

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buffer state

Pronunciation: /ˈbəfər ˌstāt/


A small neutral country, situated between two larger hostile countries, serving to prevent the outbreak of regional conflict.
Example sentences
  • On the last occasion in 1944, Stalin backed the ‘independent’ republic as a buffer state and provided limited aid.
  • In order for the country to be accepted as independent and a buffer state, the country needed to reform.
  • The country's present borders were established at the end of the nineteenth century, ‘when the great powers sought to establish a buffer state between the British and Russian empires.’
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