Definition of failed state noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


failed state

BrE BrE//ˌfeɪld ˈsteɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfeɪld ˈsteɪt//
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a country in which the government is so weak that it has lost control of the structures of the state and other groups have more power The country risks becoming a failed state. The organization publishes an index of failed states.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: failed state