state, v.
To express the particulars of a thing in writing or in words; to set down or set forth in detail; to aver, allege, or declare. To set down in gross; to mention in general terms, or by way of reference; to refer
2. noun
A people permanently occupying a fixed territory bound together by common-law habits and custom into one body politic exercising, through the medium of an organized government, independent sovereignty and control over all persons and things within its boundaries, capable of making war and peace and of entering into international relations with other communities of the globe. United States v. Kusche, D.C.Cal., 56 F.Supp. 201, 207, 208.
The organization of social life which exercises sovereign power in behalf of the people. Delany v. Moraitis, C.C.A.Md., 136 F.2d 129, 130.
In its largest sense, a "state" is a body politic or a society of men. Beagle v. Motor Vehicle Ace. Indemnification Corp., 44 Misc.2d 636, 254 N.Y.S.2d 763, 765.
A body of people occupying a definite territory and politically organized under one government. State ex rel. Maisano v. Mitchell, 155 Conn. 256, 231 A.2d 539, 542.
A territorial unit with a distinct general body of law. Restatement, Second, Conflicts, No. 3. Term may refer either to body politic of a nation (e.g. United States) or to an individual governmental unit, of such nation (e.g. California). The section of territory occupied by one of the United States. One of the component commonwealths or states of the United States of America. The term is sometimes applied also to governmental agencies authorized by state, such as municipal corporations. Any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any territory or possession subject to the legislative authority of the United States. Uniform Probate Code, No. 1-201(40).
The people of a state, in their collective capacity, considered as the party wronged by a criminal deed; the public; as in the title of a cause, "The State vs. A. B." Term "state" as used in rules providing when a state may appeal in a criminal case is all inclusive and intended to include not only the state but its political subdivisions, counties and cities. Spokane County v. Gifford, 9 Wash.App. 541, 513 P.2d 301, 302.
Federal Government is a "state" bound by all of provisions of the Interstate Agreement on Detainers. Enright v. U. S., D.C.N.Y., 437 F.Supp. 580, 581.
The circumstances or condition of a being or thing at a given time. Foreign state. A foreign country or nation. The several United States are considered "foreign" to each other except as regards their relations as common members of the Union
@ state officers
Those whose duties concern the state at large or the general public, or who are authorized to exercise their official functions throughout the entire state, without limitation to any political subdivision of the state. In another sense, officers belonging to or exercising authority under one of the states of the Union, as distinguished from the officers of the United States
- state offices (office)
@ state paper
A document prepared by, or relating to, the political department of the government of a state or nation, and concerning or affecting the administration of its government or its political or international relations. Also, a newspaper, designated by public authority, as the organ for the publication of public statutes, resolutions, notices, and advertisements
@ state revenue
Current income of state from whatever source derived that is subject to appropriation for public uses.
@ state tax
A tax the proceeds of which are to be devoted to the expenses of the state, as distinguished from taxation for federal, local or municipal purposes; e.g. state income or sales tax
@ state action
In general, term used in connection with claims under due process clause and Civil Rights Act for which a private citizen is seeking damages or redress because of improper governmental intrusion into his life. In determining whether an action complained of constitutes "state action" within purview of Fourteenth Amendment, court must examine whether sufficiently close nexus exists between state and challenged action so that the action may fairly be treated as that of the state itself. Denver Welfare Rights Organization v. Public Utilities Comm., Colo., 547 P.2d 239, 243.
There is no practical distinction between what constitutes "state action" for purposes of Fourteenth Amendment and what is required to fulfill "under color of state law" provision of 42 U.S.C.A. No. 1983. Ouzts v. Maryland Nat. Ins. Co., C.A.Nev., 505 F.2d 547, 549.
@ state auditor
The elected or appointed official in a state who is responsible for auditing the accounts of state agencies
@ state banks
Those banks chartered by a state in contrast to federally chartered banks. Banks under the supervision and jurisdiction of state agencies.
See also bank
@ state courts
Those courts which constitute the state judicial system in contrast to federal courts. City and county courts may or may not be part of the state system of courts, depending upon the jurisdiction

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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