Definition of failed state in English:

failed state


  • A state whose political or economic system has become so weak that the government is no longer in control:

    ‘if we turn our back on the developing world we will see more failed states’
    • ‘He turned a failed state into a powerful military machine.’
    • ‘We were poor, weak and lonely and we were viewed as a failed state and a pariah nation.’
    • ‘So money spent to stabilize and prevent the breakdown of failed states is actually a good investment for Britain.’
    • ‘Analysts say that unless foreign powers offer the government help, the country could become a failed state.’
    • ‘On the contrary, a dependent youth population is a burden; it hinders progress, and contributes to a failed state.’
    • ‘In many failing and failed states, the UN Agencies were the only functioning authority.’
    • ‘A state that can't feed its people is a failed state.’
    • ‘In countries where power and wealth is in few hands they also end up as failed states.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, too many politicians and citizens wrongly believe that a new framework for fixing failed states must necessarily be expensive.’
    • ‘Superimpose on that kind of situation an already fragile political state, and you have a recipe for failed states and civil war.’
    • ‘The country appears to be on the verge of becoming a failed state ruled by roaming warlords.’
    • ‘Its short-term metamorphosis from a failed state into a case study of post-conflict recovery puts this country under immense scrutiny.’