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