- an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor.
- any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive.
- any period of freedom from the usual authority.
- any pause or interruption in continuity.
Origin of interregnum
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- an interval between two reigns, governments, incumbencies, etc
- any period in which a state lacks a ruler, government, etc
- a period of absence of some control, authority, etc
- a gap in a continuity
C16: from Latin, from inter- + regnum reign
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Word Origin and History for interregnal
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