re·​pub·​li·​can·​ism | \ ri-ˈpə-bli-kə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce republicanism (audio) \

Definition of republicanism

1 : adherence to or sympathy for a republican form of government
2 : the principles or theory of republican government
3 capitalized
a : the principles, policy, or practices of the Republican party of the U.S.
b : the Republican party or its members

Examples of republicanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Democratic-republicanism ensures that the people and their representatives, instead of pseudo-scientific technocrats, make decisions. Andy Smarick, National Review, "In Defense of Proceduralism," 17 Sep. 2020 Barbados first pursued the idea of republicanism in the late 1970s and in 2008 proposed to hold a referendum on the issue, but the date was pushed back indefinitely. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state," 16 Sep. 2020 Fears of a similar confrontation may have led some Caribbean leaders to reconsider their support for republicanism. The Economist, "Bajan bye-bye Barbados decides to dump the queen," 16 Sep. 2020 Thomas Jefferson, the tribune of classical liberalism, was equally an exponent of classical republicanism, with its emphasis on the obligation of citizens to participate in the political life of their community and attend to its collective needs. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Covid-19 and the limits of individual liberty," 13 Aug. 2020 Towards the beginning of the report, the Commission gestures towards the three-legged stool of American liberty: Protestant Christianity, civic republicanism, and classical liberalism. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The American Misunderstanding of Natural Rights," 12 Aug. 2020 Note how the language of citizenship and republicanism are seldom applied to black Americans. Annette Gordon-reed, The New York Review of Books, "The Problem of Police Powers for People Living While Black," 13 June 2020 What this will mean for French republicanism, the secular ideology that undergirds the state and the educational system, is unclear. Mark Lilla, The New York Review of Books, "How to Write About the Right: An Exchange," 17 Jan. 2019 Having been successfully hidden during the Interregnum, England’s brief experiment with republicanism in 1649-60, the Honours were returned to Edinburgh Castle for safekeeping. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Royal Treasures, Lost and Found," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of republicanism

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Republicanism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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