Definition of republican in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈpʌblɪk(ə)n/


1(Of a form of government, constitution, etc.) belonging to or characteristic of a republic: a republican government
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  • This burden threatened to sink the new republican government, indeed the whole democratic experiment.
  • Their God could act providentially, and their religious beliefs helped to shape their faith in republican government and the natural law that, in their view, underlay its principles.
  • For the Earls of Southampton and Essex and for many literate English Protestants, Venice was the model of republican government, the alternative to monarchy for disaffected subjects of Elizabeth.
1.1Advocating republican government: the republican movement
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  • For all the fierceness of his republican beliefs, he has repeatedly stated his willingness to talk to the killers of his father and brother.
  • European republican ideas (leaving aside those of the country's original inhabitants), would have arrived around the time of the First Fleet's 1788 landing at Botany Bay, Sydney.
  • Tax relief adds to that, the idea that taxation is an affliction, and that's a republican idea.
2 (Republican) (In the US) supporting the Republican Party.
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  • Liberal Democrats and reliably Republican homebuilders and real estate interests don't want any new rules that would restrain housing, the strongest sector of the economy.
  • He renewed calls for Democrat and Republican leaders to settle disputes over the package.
  • She is a black woman in a world dominated by aging white men and she is a Republican conservative from a traditionally liberal Democrat background.


1An advocate of republican government: in the old days, the argument between radical-reform monarchists and the straight republicans was academic
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  • Third, the monarchists did not win the November 6 referendum: the republicans lost it.
  • This position was anathema to traditional republicans, since it postulated that reform of the State was possible.
  • Over the course of this comparison, it will also become clear that because Milton differs from the republicans on this issue, he also differs from them on other major issues.
2 (Republican) (In the US) a member or supporter of the Republican Party.
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  • Neal says he believes more than 300 members of the House will support his bill if Republicans allow it to reach the floor.
  • Probably no union leader can boast the support of more high-profile Republicans than Mr. Miller.
  • The Bush administration and Republicans support the consumer-driven health care plans, McArdle said.
3An advocate of a united Ireland.
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  • The Ulster Defence Association has recently hinted that it may be prepared to attack dissident republicans.
  • The seven men were arrested after a Garda surveillance operation on suspected dissident republicans in the Limerick area, the court heard.
  • Sinn Féin has a strong and deeply rooted vote among traditional rural and working class republicans in the North.

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