What Is the Definition of State?


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Many distinct definitions of the word "state" exist, including the recognized geographic territory of an organized body of people, a physical stage of being, and a condition of being. Numerous alternate definitions relate closely to the organized territory of a state, including the operational government of a country.

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Common examples of a condition of being include phrases such as "state of mind," "state of happiness" and "state of denial." Examples of a physical stage of being include the gaseous state of water and the pupae state of an insect.

Political units of an organized body of people exist at the national level, such as the United States, as well as at small units, such as the individual states of the union. The word refers alternately to the physical territory, the populace, and the government of an organized political unit.

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