Mediatize meaning

mēdē-ə-tīz
To annex (a lesser state) to a greater state as a means of permitting the ruler of the lesser state to retain title and partial authority.
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To annex (a smaller state) to a larger one, leaving the ruler his or her title and some authority.
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To annex a country while allowing the ruler of the country to retain certain rights.
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Origin of mediatize

  • Probably French médiatiser from médiat dependent from Old French back-formation from immediat independent from Late Latin immediātus immediate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition