What does republic mean?

Definitions for republic
rɪˈpʌb lɪkre·pub·lic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. democracy, republic, commonwealthnoun

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

  2. republicnoun

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. republicnoun

    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. republicnoun

    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. republicnoun

    One of the subdivisions constituting Russia. See oblast.

    The Republic of Udmurtia is west of the Permian Oblast.

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

Wikipedia

  1. Republic

    A republic is a state where elected politicians wield the most power. Previously, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries, the term was used to imply a state with a democratic or representative constitution (constitutional republic), but more recently it has also been used of autocratic or dictatorial states not ruled by a monarch. It is now chiefly used to denote any non-monarchical state headed by an elected or appointed president.As of 2017, 159 of the world's 206 sovereign states use the word "republic" as part of their official names. Not all of these are republics in the sense of having elected governments, nor is the word "republic" used in the names of all states with elected governments. The term developed its modern meaning in reference to the constitution of the ancient Roman Republic, lasting from the overthrow of the kings in 509 BC to the establishment of the Empire in 27 BCE. This constitution was characterized by a Senate composed of wealthy aristocrats wielding significant influence; several popular assemblies of all free citizens, possessing the power to elect magistrates and pass laws; and a series of magistracies with varying types of civil and political authority. Most often a republic is a single sovereign state, but there are also sub-sovereign state entities that are referred to as republics, or that have governments that are described as republican in nature. For instance, the United States Constitution "guarantee[s] to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government". Another example was the Soviet Union, described by its authoritarian and extremely centralised government as being a federation of voluntarily united "Soviet socialist republics" with equal rights and an ostensibly high degree of internal autonomy. The Russian Federation is similarly a state that is composed partly of several "republics".

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  1. republic

    A republic is a form of government in which power is held by the people and their elected representatives rather than by a monarch or dictator. In a republic, the head of state is usually a president who is elected by the people or their representatives. It is characterized by a constitution or charter that outlines the rights of the people and the powers of the government.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Republicadjective

    common weal

  2. Republicadjective

    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

  3. Etymology: [F. rpublique, L. respublica commonwealth; res a thing, an affair + publicus, publica, public. See Real, a., and Public.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Republic

    rē-pub′lik, n. a commonwealth: a form of government without a monarch, in which the supreme power is vested in representatives elected by the people.—adj. Repub′lican, belonging to a republic: agreeable to the principles of a republic.—n. one who advocates a republican form of government: a democrat: one of the two great political parties in the United States, opposed to the Democrats, favouring a high protective tariff, a liberal expenditure, and an extension of the powers of the national government.—v.t. Repub′licanise.—n. Repub′licanism, the principles of republican government: attachment to republican government.—n. Republicā′rian.—Republic of Letters, a name for the general body of literary and learned men.—Republican era, the era adopted by the French after the downfall of the monarchy, beginning with 22d September 1792.—Red republican, a violent republican, from the red cap affected by such. [Fr. république—L. respublica, commonwealth.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. republic

    Is a governmental system in which the democratic power is with the citizens of official voting age who are empowered to elect people into a unity government through a transparent and fair form of proportional representation voting system.

    Many countries around the world are a Republic. e.g. the Republic of Ireland, The Republic of Congo.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2017  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of republic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of republic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of republic in a Sentence

  1. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

    We have decided to declare a state of emergency to ensure that operations are carried out rapidly, we are facing one of the biggest disasters not only of the history of the Turkish republic but also of our geography and the world.

  2. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec:

    The seven-day deadline, which the Iraqi Christians got along with their passports, is meant for them to be able to arrange the return home, this time cannot be used to break laws or to move to another Schengen country. I asked the Czech police to use all legal means so that these people, who abused the good will of the Czech Republic and her citizens, are returned to Iraq.

  3. Supreme Court:

    There's a reason why, as compared to Obama, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, Reagan, etc., administrations, the President Donald Trump administration suffered defeat in court unlike anything we have seen ever in the history of the republic.

  4. State Mike Pompeo on Monday:

    President Trump and those of us in his national security team are re-establishing deterrence – real deterrence ? against the Islamic Republic of Iran, your adversary must understand not only that you have the capacity to impose cost but that you're in fact willing to do so.

  5. Javid Faisal:

    The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan released 100 Taliban prisoners today based on their health condition, age and length of remaining sentence, as part of our efforts for peace.

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