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Definitions of National

  1. (adjective) Concerning one nation.
  2. (noun) A citizen or subject of a country, typically entitled to its protection.

Example of National

  • The tax code for a country.

National Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: na·tion·al

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /nAsh-uhn-l/
  • British English – /nAsh-uh-nuhl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈnæʃən(ə)l/
  • British English – /ˈnaʃn̩(ə)l/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: nationals
  • Sociologists study (noun) nationality and (noun) nationalism to examine (adverb) nationally relevant themes such as (noun) nationalists and the process of (noun) nationalization or how culture (verb) nationalizes.

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Cite the Definition of National

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “national.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 4, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/national/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

national. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/national/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “national.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 4, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/national/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“national.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 4 Aug. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/national/>.