Definition of ministate
: a small independent nation
Recent Examples of ministate from the Web
The Aida refugee camp is a warren of alleys, a scene of frequent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers — and a welfare ministate.
The Islamic State carved out a ministate in Syria’s chaos, then used it as a base to invade Iraq in 2014.
That country also has a long-disadvantaged Kurdish minority, which exploited the chaos to carve out its own de facto ministate.
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