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  • n. North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776


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  • The question of half-pay did not come to a head until May, when its opponents proposed referring the measure to the states for decision—a backhanded way to kill it.

    Robert Morris

  • In the frustrated assessment of General Greene, “The local policy of all the states is directly opposed to the great national plan; and if they continue to persevere in it, God knows what the consequences will be.”

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Ruth, her parents and younger sister came back to the states when Ruth was still a little girl and settled in Union Lake, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

    Defending the Damned

  • In all areas of spiritual development, no matter what your level is, you need both analysis and focus to achieve the states you are seeking, ranging from seeking a better future, to developing conviction in the cause and effect of actions karma, to developing an intention to leave the round of suffering called cyclic existence, to cultivating love and compassion, to realizing the true nature of people and things.

    How to See Yourself As You Really Are

  • Pennautier had himself bought a senior post in the bureaucracy, as controller of the taxes of the entire clergy and treasurer of the bourse of the states of Languedoc.

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • Hanging was conducted privately in Great Britain and in most of the states of the Federal Union.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Nearly half of the states cut provider payments in the fiscal year that ended in June, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.

    Medicaid payments go under the knife

  • Federal from foedus, “league” is an adjective that has come to mean “characteristic of a national union” and not “of a confederation”; federalize, despite the powers denied the national government and reserved for the states and the people in the Tenth Amendment, is a verb meaning “to bring under central control.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • In providing these troops, the old vexing question arose again of brigading units according to the states from which they came.


  • In February, after Massachusetts had ratified the Constitution and adoption of the new frame of government by the states seemed assured, Sam Bryan returned with a new and more specific challenge.

    Robert Morris


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