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  • adj. Not a state: lacking the institutional power or authority of an organized government
  • n. A sociopolitical entity other than a state.


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non- +‎ state


  • But Congo is important; it heads a miserable category described as "nonstate conflict", a mêlée of warlords, ethnic rivals, mafias and militias, all fighting out in a failed state.

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  • World-Honored One, the nonstate is the state of Buddhahood.


  • If Pakistan manages to reassert control over these groups, India will have a relatively easier time managing its so-called nonstate actor threat with Islamabad.


  • It also insists that any new "nonstate" (private sector) economic activities not be allowed to lead to the "concentration of property" (that is, the accumulation of wealth).

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  • And perhaps, in our brave new world of "nonstate" actors and murderous religious martyrs, we are beginning, like Hobbes, to fear disorder more than tyranny.

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  • Because these "nonstate" actors working for companies, quasi-governmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) frequently do work that officials once did, they have privileged access to official information-information that they can deploy to their own ends. Main RSS Feed

  • At that point, 62 percent of employed russians worked in nonstate enterprises, and an estimated 40 million russians owned shares either in companies or in investment funds.

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  • Immigration status aside, state residents are thought to be deserving of a subsidy because they pay sales taxes, property taxes and other fees to support state institutions that nonstate residents don't pay.

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  • Pakistan denies this and says it can't be held responsible for strikes on India by nonstate actors.

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  • To admit that nonstate terrorists were the primary danger to the nation, it then became impossible to argue, as many in the administration did, that a rogue state, Iraq, was the number-one danger.

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