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noun, plural pol·y·ar·chies.
  1. a form of government in which power is vested in three or more persons.
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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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Historical Examples of polyarchy

  • Polyarchy, pol′i-ar-ki, n. government by many persons of whatever class.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


British Dictionary definitions for polyarchy


noun plural -chies
  1. a political system in which power is dispersed
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Word Origin for polyarchy

C17: from poly- + -archy
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