state·​hood | \ ˈstāt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce statehood (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web After President Andrew Jackson intervened, Ohio won the Toledo Strip, and Michigan got statehood and the Upper Peninsula in exchange in 1836. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office proposes plan to pool opioid settlement money: Capitol Letter," 6 Dec. 2019 Instead, the rise points to their personal endorsement of Mr Corbyn, a long-standing advocate of Palestinian statehood and critic of Western adventures in the Middle East. The Economist, "Britain’s potential prime ministers both face accusations of prejudice," 30 Nov. 2019 Second, statehood and a resolution to the conflict is not what the Palestinians truly seek. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Take the Palestinians’ ‘No’ for an Answer," 23 June 2019 Most observers assumed any deal would include Palestinian statehood and end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Jared Kushner’s Palestinian peace plan reads like a real estate developer’s brochure," 23 June 2019 The Maidan is also the site of the annual celebrations of the country’s Independence Day—the anniversary of the day, August 24, 1991, that Ukraine formalized its statehood after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "How Trump’s Emissaries Put Pressure on Ukraine’s New President," 26 Oct. 2019 There exists a proud sense of federal statehood (achieved only in 1959) that belies its distance from Washington, DC. The Economist, "Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart," 17 Oct. 2019 The shutdown in cellular phone service was part of an unprecedented crackdown tied to India’s decision on Aug. 5 to strip Kashmir of its autonomy and statehood. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "After two-month blackout, cellphones start to ring again in Kashmir," 14 Oct. 2019 The local government had instructed tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave on Aug. 2, three days before India stripped the Muslim-majority region of its statehood and special semi-autonomous status. San Diego Union-Tribune, "India to allow tourists back into Kashmir," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of statehood

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Statehood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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