na·​tion·​hood | \ˈnā-shən-ˌhu̇d \

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Examples of nationhood in a Sentence

the early days of U.S. nationhood The colonists showed a strong desire for nationhood.

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The better option would be a right capable of talking about nationhood but not hostile to the EU, and also able to deliver economic growth and security. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Finding the Right Right for Europe," 5 July 2018 Here, the memory of its prior purpose merges with the promise, mostly metaphorical, of a new function, in support of this stirring show’s assertion that acts of nurture and nationhood, art and humanity are profoundly linked. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead at SoCal museums, July 8-15: 'Solar Reserve' at LACMA and more," 7 July 2018 Voters supposedly want to return to a sense of nationhood as against the overweening EU in Brussels. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Finding the Right Right for Europe," 5 July 2018 Their presence undercuts a Thai sense of nationhood that is girded by a triumvirate of institutions: the military, the monarchy and the Buddhist monastery. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 Nurture and nationhood converge again, and clash anew. Leah Ollman,, "In Shinique Smith's 'Refuge,' bits of past make for a compelling present," 3 July 2018 This perceived divide and subsequent segregation between religious groups is what Mahjoub believes has prevented the country from achieving nationhood. Asia London Palomba, The Christian Science Monitor, "'A Line in the River' tells the story of Khartoum, one of the world's most troubled cities," 14 May 2018 Months later, Northern Rhodesia achieved nationhood as the new republic of Zambia. Sewell Chan, New York Times, "Swaziland’s King Wants His Country to Be Called eSwatini," 19 Apr. 2018 The loss of the Dominican Republic sees Taiwan’s diplomatic partners drop below what some experts say is a psychological threshold of 20, fueling questions about the island’s level of international recognition—a key attribute of nationhood. Eva Dou, WSJ, "China Woos Another Taiwan Partner, Diluting Island’s Support," 1 May 2018

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1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nationhood

: the state of being an independent nation

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