sub·​state ˈsəb-ˌstāt How to pronounce substate (audio)
variants or sub-state
plural substates or sub-states
: a state (such as a physical or atomic state) that is a variant or division of another more broadly defined state
… each quantum state of a given spin angular momentum is split into a number of substatesArthur L. Robinson

Examples of substate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After decades of focusing on minor powers and substate actors, the United States must prepare for a new era of great-power competition with China and, to a lesser extent, with Russia. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Foreign Affairs, 10 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of substate was in 1896

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“Substate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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