stateless

adjective
state·less | \ˈstāt-ləs \

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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Associazone 21 Luglio, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the Roma in Italy, says about 50 percent of the population is Italian, and many of the rest are stateless. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "An Italian minister suggested a census of Roma people. Critics say it reminds them of Mussolini.," 19 June 2018 More than 1,500 journalists descended on the small town, racing to feed an insatiable interest in the scrappy teammates, some of whom were stateless migrants from a lawless region of neighboring Myanmar. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Poroshenko stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship in July last year, making him a stateless person. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The 5 Most Wanted Geopolitical Fugitives of 2018," 30 Jan. 2018 Three of the soccer players and their coach are all stateless ethnic minorities, according to The New York Times. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Players Are Being Reunited With Families Following Their Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018 The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates Thailand is home to more than 400,000 stateless people. John Bacon, ajc, "WATCH: Video shows rescued Thai soccer players flashing victory sign from hospital beds," 12 July 2018 Kanter, who has been in the U.S. since 2011 and has legal residency, is essentially stateless. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "NBA star Kanter gets 'three or four death threats every week'," 12 July 2018 The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that Thailand is home to more than 400,000 stateless people. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "How 100 heroes came together to rescue 12 boys and their coach from the Thailand cave," 11 July 2018 One of the stateless boys, 14-year-old Adul Sam-on, may have helped save everyone’s lives. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "The Thai Soccer Players Are Being Reunited With Families Following Their Cave Rescue," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of stateless

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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statehouse

stateism

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statelet

statelily

stately

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stateless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of stateless

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

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