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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Russia supports Serbia’s claim on Kosovo, while the U.S. and its allies have recognized the statehood of the predominantly ethnic Albanian region. Washington Post, "Pro-Putin bikers plan a Russia-Kosovo tour in future," 27 Mar. 2018 The United States and most other Western countries support Kosovo’s statehood. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Kosovo’s bid to join Interpol fails, in victory for Serbia," 20 Nov. 2018 And some extent, Russia's statehood is maturing and there are some side effects. Fox News, "Rep. Trey Gowdy on Helsinki summit fallout," 22 July 2018 Costello also has called for a binding statehood referendum on the island. Steven Lemongello,, "Congress District 6: Where 6 candidates stand on issues," 13 July 2018 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

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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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