state·​less ˈstāt-ləs How to pronounce stateless (audio)
: having no state
: lacking the status of a national
a stateless refugee
statelessness noun

Examples of stateless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rohingya refugees preparing for the worst About 1 million members of the stateless Rohingya community, who fled persecution in nearby Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017, are living in the sprawling and overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar. Angus Watson, CNN, 14 May 2023 In those areas, for instance, access to social services and health care is conditional on holding a Russian passport, and those without one after July 1 will be considered foreign citizens or stateless people and could be subject to deportation, the report said. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2024 The territory’s four million or so people are effectively stateless. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 In the decades since, the agency has taken on many functions of a state for stateless Palestinians, such as providing food, health care and schools. Joyce Sohyun Lee, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 The organization has advocated for federal legislation that would offer stateless people more protection and a clearer path to citizenship. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 The only time the 1961 Convention rules comes into play is on the rare occasion when the child would otherwise be stateless; in that case, the airline’s country of origin will determine the passport. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Jan. 2024 Nor is the region disintegrating because the Palestinians remain stateless. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 The Australian government had assumed that these former refugees and stateless people were necessarily a threat to the community and could not or should not be fully reintegrated, Mr. Bradley said. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stateless was in 1858

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“Stateless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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