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absolute monarchy

a monarchy that is not limited or restrained by laws or a constitution.
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absolute monarchy

a monarchy without constitutional limits Compare constitutional monarchy
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Contemporary definitions for absolute monarch

a ruler who governs alone and is not restrained by laws, a constitution, or custom

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absolute monarchy n


a government determined solely by the ruler; also called despotic monarchy


Unions are demanding reform of Africa's last absolute monarchy.

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absolute monarchy definition

Rule by one person — a monarch, usually a king or a queen — whose actions are restricted neither by written law nor by custom; a system different from a constitutional monarchy and from a republic. Absolute monarchy persisted in France until 1789 and in Russia until 1917.

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