237. What is a Failed State? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

Thinking in English

May 29 2023 • 20 mins

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What is a “failed state”? Let’s look at some definitions, characterisitcs, and examples of “failed states”, and then discuss whether South Africa could be considered to be failing!

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  • Corruption (n) - illegal, bad, or dishonest behaviour, especially by people in positions of power.
  • Authority (n) - the moral or legal right or ability to control.
  • Goods (n) - items that satisfy human wants and provide utility.
  • Fragile (adj) - easily destroyed, ended, or made to fail.
  • Instability (n) - uncertainty caused by the possibility of a sudden change in the present situation.
  • To exacerbate (v) - to make something that is already bad even worse.
  • Blackout (n) - when there is no light or power because of an electricity failure.
  • Incompetent (adj) - not having the ability to do something as it should be done.
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