Whenever I find a new word I look it up in an English-to-English dictionary. Sometime it happens that the word I am looking for is not listed in the dictionary, but the other form of it is listed.

For example, I found the word Hegemonic from this sentence - However, the country is not an all-powerful hegemonic state. But in dictionary Hegemony is listed. Hegemony is noun, and Hegemonic is derived from it.

Now I have problem understanding the meaning of Hegemonic state, though I came to know the meaning of Hegemony perfectly.

It's not with a single word Hegemony, it happens with some other new words as well. So how to solve this problem? Can you please suggest me something to cope up with this problem?

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    I don't get this. If you understand hegemony, what's so difficult about understanding the derived adjective hegemonic applied to such an obviously suitable noun as state? Do you have the same problem with democracy and a democratic state? – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Nov 11 '14 at 17:21
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    I'm also not understanding why it's difficult - is the problem that you're having trouble finding the dictionary entry for the derived word? It seems simple (to me) to understand that the adjective version of Hegemony applied to the noun state would mean a state that is dominant over other states. I've found a direct definition of hegemonic so I'm confused. Would you explain a little more to help me understand? – ColleenV parted ways Nov 11 '14 at 22:15
  • I have a little trouble understanding it myself. Hegemony is the strong influence an entity has upon others. The quality of that influence is that it is hegemonic. But is the state that exerts such influence itself hegemonic? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 11 '14 at 23:03
  • Just google for hegemonic and you'll find dictionaries that have that word, eg dictionary.com. – rogermue Mar 12 '15 at 5:26

The derivative is used to described other objects that have qualities of the noun. Hegemonic describes objects that have qualities of Hegemony.

However, the country is not an all-powerful hegemonic state.

The word state in this sentence means country or nation.

However, the country is not an all-powerful hegemonic country.

However, the country is not an all-powerful state that would exhibit hegemony.

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