a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth.
a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.
(initial capital letter, italics) a philosophical dialogue (4th century b.c.) by Plato dealing with the composition and structure of the ideal state.
- sem·i·re·pub·lic, noun
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How to use republic in a sentence
“I think engaged citizens are good for the republic,” he said.In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote | by Lawrence Mower and Langston Taylor, Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times | October 7, 2020 | ProPublica
Last night’s “presidential debate”—less debate than headache, and far from presidential—set a high-water mark for the division that threatens to drown this pandemic-wracked republic.
In the early years of the republic, the Senate overrepresented the slower-growing South, and many political battles were fought over the admission of new states that could shift the balance between North and South.
It’s the only way to honor those we have lost, to uphold the ideals this country is supposed to rest on, and to build a stronger, fairer republic for everyone.Levi Strauss CEO: We can’t solve racial inequality if gun violence and voter disenfranchisement persist | jakemeth | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
At times it appears they are trying to turn the United States into a banana republic or the next Belarus.
An examination of the complicated history of America and its movies in the republic of Korea.
The Second republic was also considered the another golden age for Korean Cinema.
To the republic of Korea and United States military personnel stationed in the JSA, it is known as Propaganda Village.
Not so lucky are the editors and writers at The New republic.
A hard look at campus rape statistics, the collapse of The New republic and the day John Lennon died.
Gallinas, the noted slave factory on the west of Africa, purchased by the Liberian republic.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Enchanted with the golden period of the Grecian republic, I passed over the storms by which it had been agitated.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Recognition of the Philippine republic as soon as the difficulties with America should be overcome.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Recognition of a Philippine republic would have been in direct opposition to the spirit of the treaty of peace.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The time had been when the proclamation of a republic would have filled her soul with inexpressible joy.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for republic
a form of government in which the people or their elected representatives possess the supreme power
a political or national unit possessing such a form of government
a constitutional form in which the head of state is an elected or nominated president
any community or group that resembles a political republic in that its members or elements exhibit a general equality, shared interests, etc: the republic of letters
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Cultural definitions for republic
A form of government in which power is explicitly vested in the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives. Today, the terms republic and democracy are virtually interchangeable, but historically the two differed. Democracy implied direct rule by the people, all of whom were equal, whereas republic implied a system of government in which the will of the people was mediated by representatives, who might be wiser and better educated than the average person. In the early American republic, for example, the requirement that voters own property and the establishment of institutions such as the Electoral College were intended to cushion the government from the direct expression of the popular will.
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