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political organization of society, or the body politic, or, more narrowly, the institutions of government. The state is a form of human association distinguished from other social groups by its purpose, the establishment of order and security; its methods, the laws and their enforcement; its territory, the area of jurisdiction or geographic boundaries; and finally by its sovereignty.
“State.” Edited by The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, 21 Aug 2009,
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