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

 

slave state

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(in the US) any state that had slaves before and during the American Civil War. The term was especially important when new states were established as either free states or slave states, as in the Missouri Compromise. Most slave states were in the South, but several northern states had slaves early in their history.