client state


Definition of client state

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

Examples of client state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The conflict was sparked in part by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's attempts to free Ukraine from its role as client state to Moscow—a fate that has befallen neighboring Belarus—and align it with western powers such as the EU. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2022 Since 2020, Belarus has been firmly in the client state category. Jason Fields, The Week, 22 Mar. 2022 As China has risen in global influence, Russia’s leadership have resented the prospect of becoming a client state of Beijing. Brian Bennett, Time, 16 Mar. 2022 The Biden administration has reached out to the Maduro regime in Venezuela – a Russian client state – seeking to rebuild a diplomatic relationship, and beg for more oil, while Moscow is distracted. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Belarus is clearly complicit in the attack on Ukraine, and a model client state for the Russians. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, 28 Feb. 2022 Honduras is a longtime American client state, the recipient of billions of dollars in foreign aid and the home base of a strategically critical U.S. military force. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 Afghan client state marked the limits of American hard power. Jeremy Page, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 In seeking to corral most of the population into a biometric database, the U.S. government was doing nothing less than building a system of mass surveillance for an unreliable client state with a rickety (at best) criminal justice system. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of client state

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Client state.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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