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republican

[ri-puhb-li-kuh n]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic.
  2. favoring a republic.
  3. fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic: a very republican notion.
  4. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party.
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noun
  1. a person who favors a republican form of government.
  2. (initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Party.
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Origin of republican

First recorded in 1685–95, republican is from the French word républicain, Middle French. See republic, -an
Related formsan·ti·re·pub·li·can, adjective, nounhalf-re·pub·li·can, adjectivenon·re·pub·li·can, adjective, nounpre·re·pub·li·can, adjectivepro·re·pub·li·can, adjective, nounpseu·do·re·pub·li·can, adjectivesem·i·re·pub·li·can, adjective, nounun·re·pub·li·can, adjective
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Related Words for republican

lawmaker, senator, leader, legislator, officeholder, partisan, boss, speaker, orator, president, chieftain, grandstander, democrat, republican, congressperson, handshaker

Examples from the Web for republican

Contemporary Examples of republican

Historical Examples of republican

  • He was a Republican, and a much more advanced Republican than Thiers.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • He may be a Republican, and he must uphold with warmth and conviction Royalist theories.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I was already a republican and a freethinker in the days of the Empire.

  • He next glided into the Free Soil party, and from that to the Republican.

  • In politics, Mr. Palmer has been a member of the Republican party since its organization.


British Dictionary definitions for republican

republican

adjective
  1. of, resembling, or relating to a republic
  2. supporting or advocating a republic
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noun
  1. a supporter or advocate of a republic
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Republican

adjective
  1. of, belonging to, or relating to a Republican Party
  2. of, belonging to, or relating to the Irish Republican Army
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noun
  1. a member or supporter of a Republican Party
  2. a member or supporter of the Irish Republican Army
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Word Origin and History for republican

adj.

1712, "belonging to a republic, of the nature of a republic, consonant to the principles of a republic," from republic + -an. The French republican calendar was in use from Nov. 26, 1793 to Dec. 31, 1805.

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n.

"one who favors a republic or republican principles" (or, as Johnson puts it, "One who thinks a commonwealth without monarchy the best government"), 1690s; see from republican (adj.). With capital R-, in reference to a member of a specific U.S. political party (the Anti-Federalists) from 1782, though this was not the ancestor of the modern U.S. Republican Party, which dates from 1854.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

republican in Culture

Republican

A member of the Republican party.

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