garrison state

noun

Definition of garrison state

: a state organized to serve primarily its own need for military security also : a state maintained by military power

Examples of garrison state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This elaborate garrison state was put in place to allow the federal government to function after a nuclear attack. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, "If Trump wanted to give himself sweeping new powers, could anyone stop him?," 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, "With Sharif’s Ouster, Pakistan Takes a Step Backward," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of garrison state

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Garrison state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garrison%20state. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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