: a state organized to serve primarily its own need for military securityalso: a state maintained by military power
Examples of garrison state in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebWith minor variations, these policies have been a matter of bipartisan consensus since the George W. Bush administration embarked on the path of turning the country into a garrison state after 9/11.
Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2021 This elaborate garrison state was put in place to allow the federal government to function after a nuclear attack.
Ed Burmila, The New Republic, 13 June 2019 With no domestic pressure on the generals to reform, Pakistan will remain what the Singaporean scholar Tan Tai Yong calls a garrison state dominated by the army.
Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 30 July 2017
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