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Definition of republican

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that favors or supports a republican form of government
2 capitalized
a : a member of a political party advocating republicanism
b : a member of the Democratic-Republican party or of the Republican party of the U.S.



Definition of republican (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a republic
b : favoring, supporting, or advocating a republic
c : belonging or appropriate to one living in or supporting a republic republican simplicity
2 capitalized
b : of, relating to, or constituting the one of the two major political parties evolving in the U.S. in the mid-19th century that is usually primarily associated with business, financial, and some agricultural interests and is held to favor a restricted governmental role in economic life

Synonyms & Antonyms for republican

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of republican in a Sentence

Noun Our state representative is a Republican. The state's voters are mostly Republicans. Adjective the leader of the Republican Party a small but well-organized republican movement working quietly to overthrow the military dictatorship
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eclipsing the Irish Labour Party and other factions on the left, republicans have managed to position Sinn Féin as the main left-wing party in politics on both sides of the Irish border today. K. V. Turley, National Review, 10 Feb. 2020 Shortly after her murder, a dissident Irish republican group called the New IRA reportedly claimed responsibility for her murder. Henry Austin, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2020 McKee, 29, was shot dead while observing a riot by dissident republicans in the city of Londonderry, which is also known as Derry. Henry Austin, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2020 Years ago, as the North of Ireland staggered toward peace talks, some dissident republicans tried to thwart political progress by placing a bomb outside the police station in Markethill, a predominantly Protestant village in South Armagh. Kevin Cullen,, 25 Jan. 2020 For decades, a debate has raged in Britain, pitting republicans, who wish to do away with the royal family, against monarchists and others who support them. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2020 Liberal republicans disapproved, but Lord Palmerston, the British foreign secretary, sent his congratulations. Allan Massie, WSJ, 29 May 2018 The Alliance party, which took votes from the DUP, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party, which took votes from Sinn Fein, represent more moderate tendencies among unionists and republicans respectively. The Economist, 10 Jan. 2020 Young republicans are worried about climate change, said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in October. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, 27 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That total gave the Irish republican party the largest number of seats in Stormont, the Northern Irish parliament, the first time a nationalist party has done so in the region’s centurylong history. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2022 For Napoleon III, this Catholic and Latin monarchy would counter the influence of the Protestant and republican U.S. in the New World. Hervé-thomas Campangne, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2021 Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. Ben Flanagan |, al, 17 Mar. 2021 These stories reinforce the effort to pigeonhole France’s politics into an inescapable confrontation between President Emmanuel Macron’s republican center and the ultranationalist right. Harrison Stetler, The New Republic, 24 May 2021 After many months of hard-fought negotiations, the biggest unionist and republican parties agreed on January 10th to go back into government together, creating a new element of hope in the often unforgiving politics of Belfast. The Economist, 10 Jan. 2020 Bloomberg News congressional editor Kevin Whitelaw discusses the state of the Republican Party after the failure of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare plan in the Senate, and anti-establishment candidate Roy Moore won the Alabama republican primary., 27 Sep. 2017 And so did the viability of the Revolution’s political experiment and the Founders’ republican vision. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, 18 July 2019 Minka Kelly also shared her story, posting a collage of the 25 republican men who voted to pass the bill in Alabama. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of republican


1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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re·​pub·​li·​can | \ ri-ˈpə-bli-kən How to pronounce republican (audio) \

Kids Definition of republican

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who favors a form of government having elected representatives
2 capitalized : a member of the Republican party of the United States



Kids Definition of republican (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being a form of government having elected representatives
2 : relating to a major political party in the United States that is associated with business interests and favors a limited government role in economic matters

Republican geographical name

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river 445 miles (716 kilometers) long in Nebraska and Kansas rising in eastern Colorado and flowing east to unite with the Smoky Hill River forming the Kansas River

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