(noun) An institution that has the power to govern the people within its territory through laws and force.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: states
  • The state and government are not the same thing sociologically speaking however outside of the social sciences the terms are used interchangeably.
  • Not to be confused with “a state” such as North Carolina in the United States.

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