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city state, noun phrase

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Also citistate.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Special sense of general English city-state a state consisting of an autonomous city.
historical
Any of several autonomous black cities, proposed as part of the apartheid policy, to be created near major white metropolitan areas but linked politically to ethnic ‘homelands’. See also homeland sense 1.
1978 [see grey].
1987 E. Prov. Herald 18 May 2President P W Botha’s proposed ‘city states’ for blacks were rejected by the Kwazulu Chief Minister, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, as a move by the Government to make blacks sell their birthright and forgo their rightful place in South Africa..by agreeing to seek political rights in a city state in which they were allowed to run their own affairs.
Any of several autonomous black cities, proposed as part of the apartheid policy, to be created near major white metropolitan areas but linked politically to ethnic ‘homelands’.

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