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State or The State may refer to:


In government


The States

In printmaking

Named media

In mathematics, science, and technology

  • State (computer science), a unique configuration of information in a program or machine
  • State (controls), a term related to control theory
  • State (functional analysis), a positive linear functional on an operator algebra
  • State (physics), particularly in thermodynamics, statistical physics, and dynamical systems and chaos theory
  • State of matter, solid, liquid or vapour phases of matter
  • Chemical state, the electronic, chemical and physical nature of an element
  • Program state, in computer science, a snapshot of the measure of various conditions in the system
  • Quantum state, in physics, the state of a quantum mechanical system given by a vector in the underlying Hilbert space
  • State pattern, in computer science, a behavioral design pattern
  • Thermodynamic state, a set of physical quantities describing variable properties of a given thermodynamic system

Official ceremonies

Other uses


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Most common English words: death « works « perhaps « #306: state » says » wife » hear


From Latin status (manner of standing, attitude, position, carriage, manner, dress, apparel; and other senses) < stare (to stand).



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state (plural states)

  1. Any sovereign polity. A government.
    • 20C, Albert Einstein, as quoted by Virgil Henshaw in Albert Einstein: Philosopher Scientist (1949)
      Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
  2. A political division of a federation retaining a degree of autonomy, for example one of the fifty United States. See also Province.
  3. A condition.
    A state of being.
    A state of emergency.
  4. Pomp, ceremony, or dignity.
    The President's body will lie in state at the Capitol.
  5. (computing) The stable condition of a processor during a particular clock cycle.
    In the fetch state, the address of the next instruction is placed on the address bus.
  6. (computing) The set of all parameters relevant to a computation.
    The state here includes a set containing all names seen so far.
  7. (computing) The values of all parameters at some point in a computation.
    A debugger can show the state of a program at any breakpoint.
  8. (anthropology) A society larger than a tribe. A society large enough to form a state in the sense of a government.
  9. (sciences) The physical property of matter as solid, liquid, gas or plasma

Derived terms

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to state

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to state (third-person singular simple present states, present participle stating, simple past and past participle stated)

  1. (transitive) To declare to be a fact.
    He stated that he was willing to help.
  2. (transitive) To make known.
    State your intentions.


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  • state in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • state in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911





  1. second person plural indicative present tense of stare
  2. second person plural imperative of stare

Simple English

In modern politics, a state is an association which has control over a geographic area or territory. States are seen as having three main pieces:

There are different forms of government a state can have,for example a republic, or a monarchy. Sometimes, states form their own countries, sometimes many states work together to form a country. Most states also have armed forces, civil service, law and police.



Early states

The earliest states were just groups of power. A group of farms working together or a group of factories working together could be 'states' since people can control them and protect them.

More organized states could be the monarchies such as early Egypt under the Pharaoh. Following this were larger more military-based states such as the Roman Empire. The most important early states, however, were the Ancient Greek states which had freedom, writing and a democracy.

From military to modern state

When the military-based state, the Roman Empire, fell, lots of little states were made and each was also military-based and controlled by a king. These states did not often work together and war raged. However, once people within the state itself started fighting (what's called a Civil war), the kings had to make peace and start parliaments.

Modern states

]] Modern states soon started in the late 15th century. The main states in Europe were:

These states all tried to improve their politics and economy and became more and more like the states today. They formed proper boundaries for their lands and worked with power within the state itself more, such as the Church or the nobility. They made armies, tax systems and embassies all to help make them more powerful and stable.

Different types of state

Types of state can be separated into two categories: democracy and dictatorship. However, just because a group of states are all democratic does not mean that they follow the same rules. Iran, Pakistan, France, Germany and the United States of America are all states. Each of them sees itself as a democracy. Each of them however has a different idea what democracy really means.

Different states of the same 'category' can also function differently. For example, two democratic states may be quite different if one has a well-trained police or army while the other does not. Therefore, the word 'state' only tells us what type of government that state follows (democratic or dictatorship) and does not tell us about the country itself.[1]

Sub-categories of state

There are lots of sub-types of state branching off from democracy and dictatorship. The main ones are Pluralism, Marxism and Institutionalism.


Pluralism has been very popular in the United States. It shows the state as a neutral place for settling arguments between other states. Pluralism tells us that all people are not equal, but still allows each group of people to tell the state what to do. This type of state is called a polyarchy. [2]

Also in a pluralist state, politics, the military and the economy are all united and work together. This means that all power in the state is 'diffused' across the people who live there.


Marxism was popular in Europe in the 1960s and 1970s. It was started by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Marxism rejects the idea that a state is there for all the people living in it, and is definitely not a neutral place for settling arguments.

The main job of a Marxist state is to protect capitalist-made profits and to help people make contracts to keep economy in the state fair. This is a good idea, however, the person who makes the money by using production or contracts has power over the people who do not make as much money as him. This means that the working class (the people who work in factories etc) have hardly any power but the people who own the factories have a lot of power.[3] Basically, instead of giving power to everyone such as a polyarchy would do, only a small part of the people have power.


Both Marxism and Pluralism states have to react to the activities of groups of people in the state itself. Institutionalist states do not see themselves as 'instruments' to be controlled, they are more just geographical areas. In this area, the people just form groups themselves. An Institutionalist state can be made up of both Marxist and Pluralist people, both which have the power to control themselves and not influence the other parties of the state.[4]


Anarchism is when a group of people have complete freedom and do not believe in having a state at all. Anarchists are a lot like Marxists, since they do not believe that all people are equal, but they believe (opposite to Marxists) that a country can work without any organizations in it. Law and order are not necessary.

Anarchists (such as Bakunin and Kropotkin in the 19th century), often want a form of Marxism but ignoring some of their rules. They want workers to manage themselves and simply get paid for what they do, rather than getting paid in wages.

Other pages


  1. Bobbio, Norberto. 1989. Democracy and Dictatorship: The Nature and Limits of State Power. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0816618135.
  2. Robert Dahl. 1973. Modern Political Analysis. Prentice Hall. ISBN 0135969816
  3. Sweezy, Paul. 1942. The Theory of Capitalist Development. New York: Monthly Review, ch. 13.
  4. Rueschemeyer, Dietrich, Theda Skocpol, and Peter B. Evans, eds. 1985. Bringing the State Back In. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.ISBN 0521313139.

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