noun, plural pol·y·ar·chies.

a form of government in which power is vested in three or more persons.

Origin of polyarchy

First recorded in 1600–10; poly- + -archy
Related formspol·y·ar·chic, pol·y·ar·chi·cal, adjective
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noun plural -chies

a political system in which power is dispersed

Word Origin for polyarchy

C17: from poly- + -archy
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