Definition of City state

1. Noun. A state consisting of a sovereign city.

Exact synonyms: City-state
Generic synonyms: Body Politic, Commonwealth, Country, Land, Nation, Res Publica, State
Specialized synonyms: Carthage

Definition of City state

1. Noun. A sovereign city, as in Ancient Greece, often part of a federation of such cities. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of City State

city father
city fathers
city girl
city girls
city hall
city halls
city limit
city limits
city line
city man
city manager
city planning
city room
city slicker
city slickers
city state (current term)
city states
city symphony
city university

Literary usage of City state

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Municipal Government by Frank Johnson Goodnow (1909)
"CHAPTER IV THE CITY-STATE i THE different positions which the city has ... In the first place, the city is seen in the form which is called the "city-state. ..."

2. Municipal Government by Frank Johnson Goodnow, Frank Greene Bates (1919)
"In the first place the city is seen in the form which is known as the "city-state." In the second place it is found as an administrative district of a ..."

3. The Science of Jurisprudence: A Treatise in which the Growth of Positive Law by Hannis Taylor (1908)
"An examination of the internal organization of such a community reveals the fact that the city-state is a composite whole, which has arisen out of the ..."

4. The City School District: Statutory Provisions for Organization and Fiscal by Harry Erwin Bard (1909)
"In early Greek and Roman periods a type of city known as the City-State was ... The old City- State exercised not only such functions as are now usually ..."

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