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police state

noun

Simple Definition of police state

  • : a country in which the activities of the people are strictly controlled by the government with the help of a police force

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of police state

  1. :  a political unit characterized by repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures

1851

First Known Use of police state

1851


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