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Stateless society

Definition of Stateless Society

(noun) A society that lacks a formal State authority.

Stateless Society Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈsteɪtlᵻs səˈsaɪədi/
    • British English
      • /ˈsteɪtlᵻs səˈsʌɪəti/
  • Syllabification: (state·less so·ci·e·ty)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: Stateless societies
  • Variant spelling:
    • State-less society
    • stateless society
  • Also called:
    • acephalous – literally a “headless” society
    • segmented society

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Cite the Definition of Stateless Society

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Stateless society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/stateless-society/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Stateless society. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/stateless-society/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Stateless society.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/stateless-society/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“Stateless society.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/stateless-society/>.