na·​tion·​hood | \ ˈnā-shən-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce nationhood (audio) \

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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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Constitutional liberties are the center of American nationhood and identity. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "Trump May Be the True Liberal," 31 Dec. 2018 Having a national observatory was a sign of nationhood. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "An Astronomer’s View of the Christmas Sky," 21 Dec. 2018 Her use of genetic testing also exaggerates the fundamental misunderstanding of how tribal nations — and nationhood — works. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "DNA Tests Are Not An Indicator of Native Identity," 19 Oct. 2018 Macedonia gained nationhood after peacefully splitting from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. Fox News, "Macedonian president urges voters to skip name change vote," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of nationhood

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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