state·​less | \ ˈstāt-ləs How to pronounce stateless (audio) \

Definition of stateless

1 : having no state
2 : lacking the status of a national a stateless refugee

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statelessness noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Modi’s government has scrapped autonomy held by Kashmir and is pushing for a national citizens registry in the eastern state of Assam, which threatens to render stateless close to 2 million Indians, including Muslims. Washington Post, "India’s Supreme Court Is About to Settle a 500-Year-Old Religious Dispute," 4 Nov. 2019 After languishing in detention centers or camps for more than a year, the stateless minors were granted refugee status by the United Nations and flown to the United States. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Refugee Cutbacks Could Isolate Rohingya Children in the U.S.," 22 Sep. 2019 The Kurds, an ethnic minority, are a stateless people spread mostly across Iraq, Syria, and Turkey., "Oliver delivered his comments in the wake of the news this weekend that a US military operation led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.," 28 Oct. 2019 The Middle East’s largest stateless ethnic group, close to 40 million Kurds are scattered throughout Turkey and parts of Iran, Iraq and Syria. Ishaan Tharoor, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Trump sells out the Kurds in his own unique way," 8 Oct. 2019 Thousands are estimated to be here illegally, and thousands more are stateless: They were born here but don’t have citizenship. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Haitians in the Bahamas seek more protection after Hurricane Dorian aid groups, news cameras leave," 13 Sep. 2019 Rohingyas need special permission to leave Cox's Bazar and, because the Rohingya are technically stateless, there's no guarantee the Bangladeshi police will file a report. Leif Coorlim And Thomas Page, CNN, "Stolen son: The child traffickers preying on the Rohingya," 31 Aug. 2019 Nestled on the margins of Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, Kurdistan is one of the planet’s most volatile regions, and its people are the world’s largest stateless group. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Today, the Kurds are spread across four nations. Who are they?," 16 Aug. 2019 The Rohingya became the largest stateless population within a country in the world. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stateless

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Nov 2019

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“Stateless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of stateless

: not belonging to a nation : not a citizen of any country

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