vassal state

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vassal state (plural vassal states)

  1. A state that is subordinate to another; government chiefly directed by the interests of an overlord or patron state.
    Coordinate term: satellite state
    • 2023 June 22, Valerie Hopkins, quoting Emmanuel Macron, “Belarus Is Fast Becoming a ‘Vassal State’ of Russia”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      At a recent conference in Slovakia, President Emmanuel Macron of France called Belarus a “vassal state,” but said Europe bore some of the blame.