Definitions for republicrɪˈpʌb lɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•pub•licrɪˈpʌb lɪk(n.)

  1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    Category: Government

  2. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch and is usu. an elected or nominated president.

    Category: Government

  3. the form of government of such a state.

    Category: Government

  4. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth.

Origin of republic:

1595–1605; < F république, MF < L rēs pūblica public affairs, the state, a free state

Princeton's WordNet

  1. democracy, republic, commonwealth(noun)

    a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

  2. republic(noun)

    a form of government whose head of state is not a monarch

    "the head of state in a republic is usually a president"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. republic(noun)ɪˈpʌb lɪk

    a democratic government or country, usually with a president, not a king or queen

    the Republic of Ireland

Wiktionary

  1. republic(Noun)

    A state where sovereignty rests with the people or their representatives, rather than with a monarch or emperor; a country with no monarchy.

    The United States is a republic; Great Britain is technically a monarchy.

  2. republic(Noun)

    A state, which may or may not be a monarchy, in which the executive and legislative branches of government are separate. (archaic)

    Republicanism is the political principle of the separation of the executive power (the administration) from the legislative; despotism is that of the autonomous execution by the state of laws which it has itself decreed. ... Therefore, we can say: the smaller the personnel of the government (the smaller the number of rulers), the greater is their representation and the more nearly the constitution approaches to the possibility of republicanism; thus the constitution may be expected by gradual reform finally to raise itself to republicanism ... None of the ancient so-called "republics" knew this system, and they all finally and inevitably degenerated into despotism under the sovereignty of one, which is the most bearable of all forms of despotism. uE00018089uE001 Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace

  3. republic(Noun)

    One of the subdivisions constituting Russia. See oblast.

    The Republic of Udmurtia is west of the Permian Oblast.

  4. Origin: From république, derived from res publica, from res + publicus; hence literally “the public thing”.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Republic(adj)

    common weal

  2. Republic(adj)

    a state in which the sovereign power resides in the whole body of the people, and is exercised by representatives elected by them; a commonwealth. Cf. Democracy, 2

Freebase

  1. Republic

    A republic is a form of government in which affairs of state are a "public matter", not the private concern of the rulers. In a republic, public offices are appointed or elected rather than inherited, and are not the private property of the people who hold them. In modern times, a common simplified definition of a republic is a government where the head of state is not a monarch. Currently, 135 of the world's 206 sovereign states use the word "republic" as part of their official names. Both modern and ancient republics vary widely in their ideology and composition. In classical and medieval times the archetype of all republics was the Roman Republic, which referred to Rome in between the period when it had kings, and the periods when it had emperors. The Italian medieval and Renaissance political tradition today referred to as "civic humanism" is sometimes considered to derive directly from Roman republicans such as Sallust and Tacitus. However, Greek-influenced Roman authors, such as Polybius and Cicero, sometimes also used the term as a translation for the Greek politeia which could mean regime generally, but could also be applied to certain specific types of regime which did not exactly correspond to that of the Roman Republic. Republics were not equated with classical democracies such as Athens, but had a democratic aspect.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Republic

    the name given to a State in which the sovereign power is vested in one or more elected by the community, and held answerable to it though in point of fact, both in Rome and the Republic of Venice the community was not free to elect any one outside of a privileged order.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'republic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2301

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'republic' in Nouns Frequency: #802


Translations for republic

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

republic(noun)

(a country with) a form of government in which there is no king or queen, the power of government, law-making etc being given to one or more elected representatives (eg a president, members of a parliament etc)

The United States is a republic; – the United Kingdom is not.

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