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Definition of State

(noun) A system of power and authority that claims the legitimate right to use force, composed of institutions (i.e., government, legal system, military, police) that regulates society within its territory.

State Pronunciation

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Syllabification: state

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /steɪt/
  • British English – /steɪt/

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Cite the Definition of State

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “State.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 10, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/state/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

State. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/state/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “State.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 10, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/state/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“State.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/state/>.