Department of State

Definition of Department of State

  1. :  the part of the U.S. government that is responsible for how the U.S. deals with other countries

Word by Word Definitions

departmentplay Department
  1. :  a distinct sphere :  province

    :  a category consisting especially of a measurable activity or attribute

    :  a functional or territorial division: such as

stateplay State
  1. :  mode or condition of being

    :  condition of mind or temperament

    :  a condition of abnormal tension or excitement

  1. :  to set by regulation or authority

    :  to express the particulars of especially in words :  report

    :  to express in words


Law Dictionary

Department of State

Agency

Legal Definition of Department of State

  1. federal executive division responsible for carrying out U.S. foreign policy. It is the president's principal means of conducting treaty negotiations and effecting agreements with foreign nations. Under its control are the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, seven bureaus of political affairs, the U.S. Foreign Service (including 270 embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions, and numerous subagencies), and various offices of diplomatic security, foreign intelligence, policy analysis, international narcotics control, protocol, and passport and medical services. The department's legal adviser advises the secretary of state on all matters of international law arising in the conduct of foreign relations.


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