Meaning of “successor state” in the English Dictionary

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"successor state" in British English

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successor statenoun [ C ]

uk /səkˈses.ə ˌsteɪt/ us /səkˈses.ɚ ˌsteɪt/

a new smaller country formed after a larger country has been divided up:

Russia, Georgia and Ukraine are three of the successor states to the Soviet Union.

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