often capitalized : of or relating to a state (as of the U.S. or India)
statal citizenship
the statal economy
: of or relating to a national government
the sanctuaries of statal authorityFortnightly Review
of a passive verb form : expressing a state or condition (such as was closed in "the door was closed all day")

contrasted with actional

Word History


state entry 1 + -al

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“Statal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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