The definition of a republic is a form of government where citizens have the power and choose representatives to represent them.noun
An example of republic is the Czech Republic.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- a state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens entitled to vote (the electorate) and is exercised by representatives elected, directly or indirectly, by them and responsible to them
- the form of government of such a state or nation
- a specified republican regime of a nation: the Fifth Republic of France
- any group whose members are regarded as having a certain equality or common aims, pursuits, etc.: the republic of letters
- a state or nation with a president as its titular head
- any of the constituent territorial and political units of the U.S.S.R., Yugoslavia, etc.
Origin: MFr république < L respublica < res, thing, affair, interest (see real) + publica, fem. of publicus, public
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- a. A political order whose head of state is not a monarch and in modern times is usually a president.b. A nation that has such a political order.
- a. A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.b. A nation that has such a political order.
- often Republic A specific republican government of a nation: the Fourth Republic of France.
- An autonomous or partially autonomous political and territorial unit belonging to a sovereign federation.
- A group of people working as equals in the same sphere or field: the republic of letters.
Origin: French république, from Old French, from Latin rēspūblica : rēs, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots + pūblica, feminine of pūblicus, of the people; see public.
republic - Cultural Definition
A form of government in which power is explicitly vested in the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives. Today, the terms republic and democracy are virtually interchangeable, but historically the two differed. Democracy implied direct rule by the people, all of whom were equal, whereas republic implied a system of government in which the will of the people was mediated by representatives, who might be wiser and better educated than the average person. In the early American republic, for example, the requirement that voters own property and the establishment of institutions such as the Electoral College were intended to cushion the government from the direct expression of the popular will.