statesman

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noun states·man \ˈstāts-mən\

Definition of statesman

  1. 1 :  one versed in the principles or art of government; especially :  one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies

  2. 2 :  a wise, skillful, and respected political leader

statesmanlike

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statesmanly

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statesmanship

play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of statesman in a Sentence

  1. He was a soldier and statesman.

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First Known Use of statesman

1592


STATESMAN Defined for English Language Learners

statesman

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noun

Definition of statesman for English Language Learners

  • : a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader


STATESMAN Defined for Kids

statesman

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noun states·man \ˈstāts-mən\

Definition of statesman for Students

plural

statesmen

\-mən\
  1. :  a usually wise, skilled, and respected government leader


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