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

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Marshall took the court’s reins just as Jeffersonian republicanism swept through the White House and Congress. Adam J. White, WSJ, "‘John Marshall’ Review: Chief Among Equals," 30 Nov. 2018 Rightly or wrongly, most evangelicals came to view him as a less-reliable defender of Christian republicanism than the Californian divorcé Ronald Reagan. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "In the Beginning Was the Word," 30 Mar. 2018 There’s a reason Bobby’s interpreters have either struggled or refused to identify him with liberalism: His politics belonged to a tradition that had receded from it all but entirely since the Progressive era: civic republicanism. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "RFK, Civic Republican," 25 May 2018 One of the tenets of early American civic republicanism was that acting publicly on behalf of the community required individual economic independence. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Are You Progressive?," 20 Apr. 2018 With Gill, the time has come for the court to fulfill its responsibility to protect small-d democracy, as well as small-r republicanism. Palma Joy Strand, Slate Magazine, "Anthony Kennedy should follow Byron White’s guidance and strike down partisan gerrymandering.," 19 Sep. 2017 Perhaps China or some other power will emerge as an empire that threatens our subjugation, and the Founders’ desire for sovereignty, independence, and republicanism will seem relevant and ennobling of American life again. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Next Lost Cause," 1 Nov. 2017 The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen correctly described this as bloody street warfare between neo-Nazis and neo-Communists, both anti-democratic, hateful, disgusting, and inimical to American constitutional republicanism and basic human decency. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "‘All my love, Donald J. Trump’," 21 Sep. 2017 But by letting us hear what Adams had to say, Ryerson helps us understand the driving concern that above all defined his peculiar form of republicanism: an intense worry about the power of an entrenched elite in a free society. Nr Symposium, National Review, "It’s Summer, Time to Catch Up on Your Reading — A Symposium," 31 July 2017

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1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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