associated state

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Noun1.associated state - a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairsassociated state - a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty
district, territorial dominion, territory, dominion - a region marked off for administrative or other purposes