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republic

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noun re·pub·lic \ri-ˈpə-blik\

Simple Definition of republic

  • : a country that is governed by elected representatives and by an elected leader (such as a president) rather than by a king or queen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of republic

  1. 1 a (1) :  a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) :  a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government b (1) :  a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (2) :  a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government c :  a usually specified republican government of a political unit <the French Fourth Republic>

  2. 2 :  a body of persons freely engaged in a specified activity <the republic of letters>

  3. 3 :  a constituent political and territorial unit of the former nations of Czechoslovakia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or Yugoslavia

Examples of republic in a sentence

  1. <when asked by a passerby what sort of government the constitutional convention had formulated for the new nation, Benjamin Franklin memorably replied, A republic, if you can keep it>



Origin of republic

French république, from Middle French republique, from Latin respublica, from res thing, wealth + publica, feminine of publicus public — more at real, public


First Known Use: 1604

Rhymes with republic


REPUBLIC Defined for Kids

republic

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noun re·pub·lic \ri-ˈpə-blik\

Definition of republic for Students

  1. :  a country with elected representatives and an elected chief of state who is not a monarch and who is usually a president




Law Dictionary

republic

noun re·pub·lic

Legal Definition of republic

  1. 1 :  a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usu. a president; also :  a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government

  2. 2 :  a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law; also :  a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government





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