Definition of republic in English:


Line breaks: re¦pub|lic
Pronunciation: /rɪˈpʌblɪk


1A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.
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  • That was a nice long discussion, comparing monarchies, democracies, republics, oligarchies, and all the different systems of government there were.
  • It left slavery untouched until the Civil War but it put in place a representative republic with basic rights for its citizens.
  • To recognize the rights of various nations the Soviets endorsed policies aimed at establishing independent republics for each nationality within the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic.
1.1 archaic A group with a certain equality between its members: the community of scholars and the republic of learning


late 16th century: from French république, from Latin respublica, from res 'entity, concern' + publicus 'of the people, public'.

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