Meaning of “client state” in the English Dictionary

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"client state" in British English

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client statenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌklaɪ.ənt ˈsteɪt/ us /ˌklaɪ.ənt ˈsteɪt/

a country that gets support and protection from another larger and more powerful country

(Definition of “client state” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)