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Definitions of nation

  1. the people who live in a nation or country; "a statement that sums up the nation's mood"; "the news was announced to the nation"; "the whole country worshipped him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a federation of tribes (especially native American tribes); "the Shawnee nation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Family; lineage. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. One of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A great number; a great deal; - by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The people of one country united under the same government; a race of people having the same religion, language, history, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Those born of the same stock: the people inhabiting the same country, or under the same government: a race: a great number. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. National. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. People of one stock, or under a single government. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. A people as an organized body; a race; tribe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A body of people inhabiting the same country; people of the same blood, and sometimes language; a great number. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. The inhabitants of one country united under the same government; a body of people speaking the same language. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs. mso.anu.edu.au
  19. A people, or aggregation of men, existing in the form of an organized jural society, inhabiting a distinct portion of the earth, speaking the same language, using the same customs, possessing historic continuity, and distinguished from other like groups by their racial origin and characteristics, and generally, but not necessarily, living under the same government and sovereignty. See Montoya v. U. S., 180 U. S. 201, 21 Sup. Ct 358, 45 L. Ed. 521; Worcester v. Georgia, 6 Pet. 539, 8 L. Ed. 483; Republic of Honduras v. Soto, 112 N. Y. 310, 19 N. E. 845, 2 L. R. A. 042, 8 Am. St. Rep. 744. Besides the element of autonomy or self-government, that is, the independence of the community as a whole from the interference of any foreign power in its affairs or any subjection to such power, it is further necessary to the constitution of a nation that it should be an organized jural society, that is, both governing its own members by regular laws, and defining and protecting their rights, and respecting the rights and duties which attach to it as a constituent member of the family of nations. Such a society, says Vattel, has her affairs and her interests ; she deliberates and takes resolutions in common; thus becoming a moral person, who possesses an understanding and will peculiar to herself, and is susceptible of obligations and rights. Vattel. thelawdictionary.org
  20. n[=a]'shun, n. a body of people born of the same stock: the people inhabiting the same country, or under the same government: a race: a great number: a division of students in a university for voting purposes at Aberdeen and Glasgow. [Fr.,--L. nation-em,--nasci, natus, to be born.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  21. Distinct race or people having common descent, language, history, or political institutions (most favoured n. diplom., to which State accords lowest scale of import duties); (in mediaeval& some Scotch univv.) body of students from particular country or district; LAW of nn. Hence nationhood n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. n. [Latin] A body of people united under the same government, and generally of the same origin and language;- a great number; a multitude;- people; race; stock. Cabinet Dictionary

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