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