stateless

adjective
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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Other Words from stateless

statelessness noun

Examples of stateless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And beyond nation-states there are stateless, asymmetric threats like terrorism. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Austin an admirable Secretary of Defense nominee," 10 Dec. 2020 If all the stateless people on earth were to form a nation, its population would exceed that of Sweden, Greece, Azerbaijan, or New York City—possibly by a large margin. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The New York Review of Books, "The Right to Belong," 1 Dec. 2020 Governments have few incentives to acknowledge the stateless residents within their borders. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, The New York Review of Books, "The Right to Belong," 1 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile in Cameroon, K.S. and many other U.S. deportees remain stuck, hopeless and effectively stateless. Molly O’toole, Los Angeles Times, "‘Betrayed’ Black asylum seekers say Trump administration is ramping up deportations by force and fraud," 27 Nov. 2020 Within weeks, three-quarters of a million stateless people were uprooted from their homes in Myanmar, as security forces attacked their villages with rifles, machetes and flamethrowers. Hannah Beech, Star Tribune, "Myanmar army deserters confirm atrocities against Rohingya Muslims," 8 Sep. 2020 The pandemic, and the accompanying border closures, will wreak even greater havoc on the millions of refugees fleeing war, conflict, or famine, and those who are stateless. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "The Death of Cosmopolitanism," 23 June 2020 But the three days of hearings this week have a narrower objective than deciding whether Myanmar’s treatment of the mostly stateless minority group constitutes the gravest of international crimes. BostonGlobe.com, "As Myanmar genocide hearing closes, focus is on trapped Rohingya - The Boston Globe," 13 Dec. 2019 But the three days of hearings, which ended on Thursday, had a narrower objective than deciding whether Myanmar’s treatment of the mostly stateless minority group constitutes the gravest of international crimes. New York Times, "As Myanmar Genocide Hearing Closes, Focus Is on Trapped Rohingya," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of stateless

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Dec 2020

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“Stateless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stateless. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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stateless

adjective
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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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