Definition of republican in English:


Syllabification: re·pub·li·can
Pronunciation: /riˈpəblikən


  • 1(Of a form of government, constitution, etc.) belonging to, or characteristic of a republic.
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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 or supporting 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.


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  • 1A person advocating or supporting republican government.
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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) 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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  • So, by repressing liberty, subverting republicanism and restoring absolutism, Napoleon reversed some of the liberal gains of the Revolution.
  • He hated the capitalist republicanism of the Republic and the fascism of the Confederacy.
  • For a start, similar beliefs, often tied back to the civic republicanism of the country party, exercised a lingering influence on Tory radicalism and even popular loyalism.

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