state
state n often attrib
1 a: a politically organized body of people usu. occupying a definite territory; esp: one that is sovereign
b: the political organization that has supreme civil authority and political power and serves as the basis of government see also compelling state interest at interest 3a, separation of church and state
c: a government or politically organized society having a particular character
a police state
2: the operations or concerns of the government of a country: the sphere of administration and supreme political power of a country (as in international relations)
secrets of state
affairs of state
3 a: one of the constituent units of a nation having a federal government; specif: one of the fifty such units comprising the great part of the U.S. see also state law
b: the territory of a state

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

state
I (condition) noun appearance, aspect, circumstance, class, complexion, disposition, grade, mien, mood, plight, position, posture, predicament, shape, situation, standing, station, status, way associated concepts: state of mind II (political unit) noun body politic, civil community, civitas, commonwealth, governmental unit, mandated territory, nation, political division, polity, sovereign unit associated concepts: state's evidence, state's rights foreign phrases:
- Privilegium non valet contra rempublicam. — A privilege is of no avail against the state.
III index acknowledge (declare), adduce, affirm (claim), allege, annunciate, aspect, assert, avouch (avow), avow, caliber (quality), case (set of circumstances), claim (maintain), comment, contend (maintain), converse, convey (communicate), declare, disabuse, enunciate, exposit, express, inform (notify), interject, issue (publish), mention, notify, observe (remark), phase (period), phrase, plead (allege in a legal action), plight, polity, pose (propound), posit, position (situation), posture (situation), predicament, proclaim, profess (avow), pronounce (speak), public (affecting people), publish, purport, quagmire, recite, recount, relate (tell), remark, remind, report (disclose), signify (inform), situation, speak, status, stipulate, swear, testify, utter, verify (swear)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


state
v.
To say; to express something in words, either spoken or written.
n.
(1) Condition.
(2) An organized political unit with one government; one of the United States.
(3) The government; the people who live in a state.
(4) Ceremonies and pomp that accompany high governmental functions.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


state
1) A body of people that is politically organized, especially one that occupies a clearly defined territory and is sovereign.
2) The political system that governs such a body of people.
3) One of the constituent parts of a nation, as in any of the 50 states.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


state
As a noun, a people permanently occupying a fixed territory bound together by common habits and custom into one body politic exercising, through the medium of an organized government, independent sovereignty and control over all persons and things within its boundaries, capable of making war and peace and of entering into international relations with other states. The section of territory occupied by one of the United States. The people of a state, in their collective capacity, considered as the party wronged by a criminal deed; the public; as in the title of a case, "The State v. A. B." The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at a given time.
As a verb, to express the particulars of a thing in writing or in words; to set down or set forth in detail; to aver, allege, or declare. To set down in gross; to mention in general terms, or by way of reference; to refer.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


state
As a noun, a people permanently occupying a fixed territory bound together by common habits and custom into one body politic exercising, through the medium of an organized government, independent sovereignty and control over all persons and things within its boundaries, capable of making war and peace and of entering into international relations with other states. The section of territory occupied by one of the United States. The people of a state, in their collective capacity, considered as the party wronged by a criminal deed; the public; as in the title of a case, "The State v. A. B." The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at a given time.
 
As a verb, to express the particulars of a thing in writing or in words; to set down or set forth in detail; to aver, allege, or declare. To set down in gross; to mention in general terms, or by way of reference; to refer.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

state
n.
   1) the federal or state government and any of its departments, agencies or components (such as a city, county or board).
   2) any of the 50 states comprising the United States.
   3) a nation's government.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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