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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.
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