Definition of border state in US English:

border state


  • 1Any of the slave states that bordered the northern free states during the US Civil War.

    See also Border States
    • ‘Coming from the border state of Kentucky, Clay hoped desperately to avoid a civil war.’
    • ‘To put it in regional terms: Dean, a culturally libertarian New Englander who opposed the war, could virtually forget about winning any Southern or border states.’
    • ‘Mudd was a citizen of Maryland, a border state, and had not been in the military.’
    • ‘But neither the Republicans nor the moderate and border state Democrats were about to support a bill that could be portrayed as permitting discrimination against whites.’
    • ‘Because Missouri was a border state of divided loyalties, this in effect meant carrying out unspeakable cruelties against his neighbours.’
    • ‘He was a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention, but he was also pastor of a church in Baltimore, a border state that did not secede.’
    • ‘In 1862 he tried to persuade the loyal border states to take such action, hoping that a domino effect might topple slavery state by state until all were free.’
    • ‘When the Civil War extends to the frontier border states of Missouri and Kansas, Jake spurns the convictions of his father and countrymen to join in arms with the South.’
    • ‘However, job discrimination in northern and border states became its central emphasis.’
    • ‘As a native of a border state, he aimed his wartime policy toward keeping states like Kentucky, Missouri, and Maryland in the Union and out of the Confederacy.’
    • ‘Guelzo does a superb job of detailing all the efforts that Lincoln made during the war to try to get the border states to free their slaves voluntarily and all the reasoning behind the eventual Proclamation.’
    • ‘Barnes finds collective significance in state-wide Republican victories in a liberal west coast state, a moderate border state, and a conservative deep south state.’
    • ‘At St Louis, a deeply segregated city in a border state, Rickey could do nothing towards integrating baseball.’
    • ‘Thus, if the Court wanted to invalidate Jim Crow in the Deep South, it need to use cases brought in the Upper South and border states.’
    • ‘I'm going to play border state in the cornbread war and give you recipes for both Southern and Yankee cornbread.’
    • ‘A few days ago I mentioned how Kentucky congressional candidate Ben Chandler had endorsed Wes Clark and how Clark supporters were pointing to this as a sign of Howard Dean's unpopularity in the South, or in this case, a border state.’
    • ‘An additional goal was to perhaps lure the border states onto the northern side.’
    • ‘Still, he made one more attempt to convince border state representatives to accept gradual emancipation.’
    1. 1.1 A US state that borders Canada or Mexico.
      • ‘Senator Dianne Feinstein and a dozen mostly border state lawmakers are pushing for $5.5 billion over the next six years.’
      • ‘White House officials says the president's plan closely tracks proposals already put forward by Republican Senator John McCain and other Republicans from the border state of Arizona.’
      • ‘The present chapter documents the experience of a successful property tax reform that was carried out during that decade in Mexicali, a city of nearly 527,000 inhabitants, which is the capital of the border state of Baja California.’
      • ‘This year in the border state of Chihuahua alone, 64,000 workers lost their jobs.’
      • ‘That would be troubling to the president who, as a former governor of a border state, understands and appreciates the roles that immigrants and undocumented aliens play in our society.’
      • ‘Mexican President Vicente Fox, meeting with border state governors, complained about U.S. treatment of his people in this country illegally.’
      • ‘And President Bush has a key understanding of this, because he was a governor from a border state.’
      • ‘Because the Ninth Circuit includes the Mexican border states of Arizona and California, it has a disproportionate number of alien defendants, who often receive lighter sentences so they can be deported more quickly.’
      • ‘Disillusioned by high rents, low wages, and racist backlash in border states like California and Texas, many immigrants have set off for communities where Spanish surnames were rarities 10 years ago.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the federal government is planning to announce a new initiative that would tighten security in another border state, Arizona.’
      • ‘Millions of Americans think illegal aliens are a border state problem.’
      • ‘And Texas, a border state where Latino immigrants find cultural and familial ties, is a natural destination.’
      • ‘Well, in San Antonio it's a bit of a different situation simply because we're a border state.’
      • ‘Illegal immigration is a crisis for this country and it has reached critical proportions in California and other border states.’
      • ‘And, of course, that relationship, the United States' relationship with Mexico, is a very, very important relationship for us, especially, having always lived in a border state.’
    2. 1.2 A small country that borders a larger, more powerful country or that lies between two larger countries.
      • ‘The border state of Punjab, too, deserves packages and incentives available to Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, etc.’
      • ‘Fighting in the Muslim majority border state of Rakhine between government forces and Rohingya rebels led to some 200,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh in 1992.’
      • ‘They allege militants are fomenting trouble in the border state.’
      • ‘In a secret appendix to the pact, the border states Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania were divided in spheres of interest of the parties, that within a year would injure their sovereignty.’
      • ‘If the Congress has to remain relevant in this border state, the Congress high command will do well to weigh the options clearly before it can think of some strategy for the Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections.’
      • ‘Some news outlets that were once government mouthpieces are now more independent, especially those in the northern border states.’
      • ‘The Indian border state of Gujarat is to introduce a law to ban religious conversions.’
      • ‘If the demand of the Sangh Parivar outfits for the division of the border state is conceded, it will give another chance to Pakistan to raise the issue of a plebiscite in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir valley.’
      • ‘He sought Patil's assistance to restore normalcy in the border state.’
      • ‘India and Pakistan continue to exchange artillery fire in the disputed border state of Kashmir.’
      • ‘The one border state of some concern has been Croatia.’
      • ‘Russia seems reluctant to let go, lest another border state defects completely to the West.’