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n. The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at any given time. Rank; condition; quality; as, the state of honor. Condition of prosperity or grandeur; wealthy or prosperous circumstances; social importance. Appearance of grandeur or dignity; pomp. A chair with a canopy above it, often standing on a dais; a seat of dignity; also, the canopy itself. Estate, possession. A person of high rank. Any body of people. united by profession, or constituting a community of a particular character; as, the civil and ecclesiastical states, or the lords spiritual and temporal and the commons, in Great Britain. Cf. Estate, N. The principal persons in a government. The bodies that constitute the legislature of a country; as, the States-general of. A form of government which is not monarchial, as a republic.


A political body, or body politic; the whole body of people who are united one government, whatever may be the form of the government; a nation. In the United States, one of the commonwealth, or bodies politic, the people of which make up the body of the nation, and which, under the national constitution, stands in certain specified relations with the national government, and ...

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