Definition of republican in English:


Line breaks: re¦pub|lic¦an
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.


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  • 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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  • 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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