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res publica

[reys poo-bli-kah; English reez puhb-li-kuh, reys] /ˈreɪs ˈpu blɪˌkɑ; English ˈriz ˈpʌb lɪ kə, ˈreɪs/
Latin.
1.
the state; republic; commonwealth.
Origin of res publica
literally, public matter
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  • res publica, the common concern, remains vague and latent till defined by impartial, disinterested social organs.

    Ethics

    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • Ita omnia in duas partes abstracta sunt, res publica, quae media fuerat, dilacerata.

    De Bello Catilinario et Jugurthino Caius Sallustii Crispi (Sallustius)
  • The Roman state, or as they said, the commonwealth (res publica) was governed by the consuls, two magistrates elected each year.

  • Kings may be a necessity, yet the thing of the state is not theirs, but is the common property of the citizens, res publica.

British Dictionary definitions for res publica

res publica

/ˈreɪs ˈpʊblɪˌkɑː/
noun
1.
the state, republic, or commonwealth
Word Origin
Latin, literally: the public thing
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