nationality
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1691 1. national character 2. nationalism 1 3. a. national status; specifically a legal relationship involving allegiance on the part of an individual and usually protection on the part of the state b. membership in a particular nation 4. political independence or existence as a separate nation 5. a. a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-state b. an ethnic group constituting one element of a larger unit (as a nation)

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