Stateless meaning

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Having no state.
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Not having any recognized citizenship in a state or nation.
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Having no state or nationality.
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Incapable of retaining information about transactions or sessions.
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Software that does not keep track of configuration settings, transaction information or any other data for the next session. When a program "does not maintain state" (is stateless) or when the infrastructure of a system prevents a program from maintaining state, it cannot take information about the last session into the next, such as settings the user chose or conditions that arose during processing.The Perfect ExampleThe most ubiquitous stateless environment is the World Wide Web. The HTTP protocol, which is the communications vehicle for Web transactions, is stateless. After a Web page is delivered to the user, the connection is closed. Counter measures, such as the use of cookies, have been developed to maintain the state of a user moving from page to page on a website. Contrast with "stateful," which means that continuity is maintained from session to session. See HTTP and cookie.
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Referring to a system or process that is not aware of the status or condition of an activity in which it participates.
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(computer science) Of a system or protocol, such that it does not keep a persistent state between transactions.

A stateless server treats each request independently.

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(dated) Without state or pomp.
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(law) Without a state or nationality, not subject to any state.

UN Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.

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Origin of stateless

  • state +"Ž -less

    From Wiktionary