polyarchy

[ pol-ee-ahr-kee ]
/ ˈpɒl iˌɑr ki /

noun, plural pol·y·ar·chies.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM polyarchy

pol·y·ar·chic, pol·y·ar·chi·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for polyarchy

polyarchy
/ (ˈpɒlɪˌɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

a political system in which power is dispersed

Word Origin for polyarchy

C17: from poly- + -archy
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