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Meaning of nationality

na•tion•al•i•ty

Pronunciation: (nash"u-nal'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties
  1. the status of belonging to a particular nation, whether by birth or naturalization: the nationality of an immigrant.
  2. the relationship of property, holdings, etc., to a particular nation, or to one or more of its members: the nationality of a ship.
  3. nationalism.
  4. existence as a distinct nation; national independence: a small colony that has just achieved nationality.
  5. a nation or people: the nationalities of the Americas.
  6. a national quality or character: Nationalities tend to submerge and disappear in a metropolis.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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