client state


Definition of client state

: a country that is economically, politically, or militarily dependent on another country

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Recent Examples on the Web In Judea, which had recently lost its full sovereignty and become a client state of Rome, the year was… who even knows? Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Mariamne I," 18 Dec. 2019 Most participants are traditional client states or regional allies of the Soviet Union and now Russia, and many have non-democratic or even dictatorial regimes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Tank Get Some Serious Air During Russia's Army Olympics," 8 Aug. 2019 Jordan, a longtime client state of the U.S., can do little to counter that pressure. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. punishes Syria with sanctions — but allies like Jordan also pay a price," 10 Sep. 2019 That requires power projection, so China has turned a dozen countries around the world into client states through debt peonage, collateralizing abusive loans with concessions for military bases and deep-water ports. Nicholas Phillips, National Review, "The Trade War Is Smart Geopolitics," 5 Sep. 2019 First introduced in 1963, the 122-millimeter D-30 towed howitzer equipped the Soviet Army, the Eastern European armies of the Warsaw Pact, and Soviet client states abroad. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Troops Are Training to Operate Cold War-Era Howitzers," 24 Jan. 2019 All of the clients stated that the two helped them apply for immigration visas, residency or citizenship. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "2 Pierce County men were told twice to stop defrauding immigrants. Now they owe $350,000 and face a year in prison," 28 July 2018 The Law Offices of Craig M. Greaves posted on its Facebook page in defense of his client stating the encounter was consensual and called out the victim for waiting several months to report it. Jenny Dial Creech, San Antonio Express-News, "Sexual assault case leads to questions of proper punishment at Texas A&M," 13 June 2018 This was an audacious move, particularly for a client state. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of client state

1803, in the meaning defined above

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26 Dec 2019

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“Client state.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of client state

: a country that depends on another country for military, economic, or political support

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