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res publica

[reys poo-bli-kah; English reez puhb-li-kuh, reys]
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Latin.
  1. the state; republic; commonwealth.
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Origin of res publica

literally, public matter
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Historical Examples

  • It means arbitrary power in an individual person; in the exercise of which, himself, and not the res-publica, is the object.

    The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II

    Thomas Paine


British Dictionary definitions for res publica

res publica

noun
  1. the state, republic, or commonwealth
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Word Origin

Latin, literally: the public thing
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