Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To deprive of state or dignity. To deprive of statehood; cause to cease to be a state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To deprive of state or dignity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To deprive of state or dignity.
  • verb transitive To withdraw (something previously stated); to unsay or retract.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ state

Examples

  • But a war without a plan and a vote to extend funding to give young soldiers the chance to die to fulfill some unstate objective to meet some political goal is a sad state of affairs.

    Obama, Hillary Both Vote Against The No-Timelines Iraq Funding Bill

  • I would unstate myself, to be in a due resolution.

    King Lear

  • I take the meaning to be rather this, _Do you frame the business_, who can act with less emotion; _I would unstate myself_; it would in me be a departure from the paternal character, _to be in a due resolution_, to be settled and composed on such an occasion.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • I would unstate myself, to be in a due resolution.

    King Lear

  • I. ii.107 (333,9) I would unstate myself to be in a due resolution] [i.e. I will throw aside all consideration of my relation to him, that I may act as justice requires.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

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