Origin of constitutional monarchy

First recorded in 1795–1805

Related forms

constitutional monarch, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for constitutional monarchy

constitutional monarchy


noun

a monarchy governed according to a constitution that limits and defines the powers of the sovereignAlso called: limited monarchy
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Culture definitions for constitutional monarchy

constitutional monarchy


A form of national government in which the power of the monarch (the king or queen) is restrained by a parliament, by law, or by custom. Several nations, especially in modern times, have passed from absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, including Belgium, Britain, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

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