state·​hood | \ ˈstāt-ˌhu̇d \

Definition of statehood

: the condition of being a state especially : the status of being one of the states of the U.S.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in the past reluctantly accepted the concept of Palestinian statehood but has since backtracked. Fox News, "Israeli defense chief shrugs off Trump's remark on 2 states," 27 Sep. 2018 Cruz acknowledged that different perspectives abound about the statehood of Puerto Rico, but argued that the government’s attitude toward the island must change and Puerto Ricans should not be treated as second-class citizens. Jacqueline Serrato,, "If someone had a doubt, Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States: Cruz," 28 Apr. 2018 China has struggled for decades to curb separatist sentiment among its Turkic-speaking Uighurs, who briefly achieved statehood twice, in the 1930s and 1940s. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China’s Uighur Camps Swell as Beijing Widens the Dragnet," 17 Aug. 2018 Last year, the Irish Parliament passed a symbolic resolution calling on the government to recognize Palestinian statehood. Sean Savage, Jewish Journal, "Ireland goes ahead with legislation to boycott products made in Israeli settlements," 12 July 2018 Proposals here range from statehood for DC and Puerto Rico to packing the Supreme Court with pro-voting rights justices to breaking up California into seven states to affect the Senate. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "New Jersey Democrats have a new gerrymandering plan. It is indefensible — and national Democrats need to stop it.," 14 Dec. 2018 Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez talks about the upcoming midterm elections, Democratic outreach to Puerto Rican voters and possible statehood for Puerto Rico. Hal Boedeker,, "Trump confidant Roger Stone talks to Ybeth Bruzual," 14 June 2018 So don’t expect President Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders to pass a Medicare-for-all bill, or a job guarantee, or even DC statehood, automatic voter registration, or repairs to the Voting Rights Act. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Senate is a huge problem for Democrats," 8 Nov. 2018 According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's database, there is no record of a hurricane track within 65 nautical miles of either Maui or Honolulu since statehood. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Hawaii braces for Hurricane Lane, as officials say there are not 'enough shelters for everyone'," 22 Aug. 2018

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1805, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of statehood

: the condition of being a state; especially : the condition or status of being one of the states of the U.S.

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