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English definition of “nation-state”

nation-state

noun [C] uk   /ˌneɪ.ʃənˈsteɪt/ us  
an independent country, especially when thought of as consisting of a single large group of people all sharing the same language, traditions, and historyCountry and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names
(Definition of nation-state from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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