Political state

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A political state is a concept with no single agreed-upon definition. The following meanings may be intended:

  • a (highly) centralized government
  • an organization with a monopoly on violence (a slightly misleading shorthand phrase)


  • The phrases "the state" or "a state" (when not referring to a US state or similar political subdivision) refer to this concept.
  • A state is a form of polity.