Definitions for res publica
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word res publica
state, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politic(noun)
a politically organized body of people under a single government
"the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
The common good, as identified with the wider state; the commonwealth, the body politic.
Origin: From res publica. Compare republic.
Res publica is a Latin phrase, loosely meaning "public affair". It is the root of the word republic, and the word commonwealth has traditionally been used as a synonym for it; however translations vary widely according to the context. "Res" is a nominative singular Latin noun for a substantive or concrete thing – as opposed to "spes", which means something unreal or ethereal – and "publica" is an attributive adjective meaning "of and/or pertaining to the state or the public". Hence a literal translation is, "the public thing/affair".
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