Republic definition

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The definition of a republic is a form of government where citizens have the power and choose representatives to represent them.

An example of republic is the Czech Republic.

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A political order whose head of state is not a monarch and in modern times is usually a president.
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A group of people working as equals in the same sphere or field.

The republic of letters.

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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.
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An autonomous or partially autonomous political and territorial unit belonging to a sovereign federation.
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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.
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A nation that has such a political order.
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A nation that has such a political order.
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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; the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a constitutional monarchy.

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The form of government of such a state or nation.
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Any of the constituent territorial and political units of the U.S.S.R., Yugoslavia, etc.
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A specified republican regime of a nation.

The Fifth Republic of France.

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

The Republic of Udmurtia is west of the Permian Oblast.

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Any group whose members are regarded as having a certain equality or common aims, pursuits, etc.

The republic of letters.

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A state or nation with a president as its titular head.
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A specific republican government of a nation.

The Fourth Republic of France.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
republic
Plural:
republics

Origin of republic

  • French république from Old French from Latin rēspūblica rēs thing rē- in Indo-European roots pūblica feminine of pūblicus of the people public

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French république (“republic"), derived from Latin rÄ“s publica (“republic"), from rÄ“s (“thing") + pÅ«blica (“public"); hence literally “the public thing".

    From Wiktionary