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Meaning of REPUBLIC

Pronunciation:  ri'publik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
  2. [n]  a form of government whose head of state is not a monarch; "the head of state in a republic is usually a president"

REPUBLIC is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: commonwealth, democracy
 Antonyms: autarchy, autocracy
 See Also: form of government, parliamentary democracy, political system



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*pub"lic\ (r?-p?b"l?k), n. [F. r['e]publique, L.
respublica commonwealth; res a thing, an affair + publicus,
publica, public. See {Real}, a., and {Public}.]
1. Common weal. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

2. A state in which the sovereign power resides in the whole
   body of the people, and is exercised by representatives
   elected by them; a commonwealth. Cf. {Democracy}, 2.

Note: In some ancient states called republics the sovereign
      power was exercised by an hereditary aristocracy or a
      privileged few, constituting a government now
      distinctively called an aristocracy. In some there was
      a division of authority between an aristocracy and the
      whole body of the people except slaves. No existing
      republic recognizes an exclusive privilege of any class
      to govern, or tolerates the institution of slavery.

{Republic of letters}, The collective body of literary or
   learned men.