Dictionary » R » Republics

Republics

republic

1. Common weal.

2. A state in which the sovereign power resides in the whole body of the people, and is exercised by representatives elected by them; a commonwealth. Cf. Democracy.

In some ancient states called republics the sovereign power was exercised by an hereditary aristocracy or a privileged few, constituting a government now distinctively called an aristocracy. In some there was a division of authority between an aristocracy and the whole body of the people except slaves. No existing republic recognizes an exclusive privilege of any class to govern, or tolerates the institution of slavery. Republic of letters, The collective body of literary or learned men.

Origin: F. Republique, L. Respublica commonwealth; res a thing, an affair _ publicus, publica, public. See Real, and Public.


Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page



Results from our forum


My “Eureka” moment. A cure for cancer.

... King nor from any King nor Queen. I am a republican and only wish to receive prizes, awards or recognition while living or posthumously from republics or at least from non “royal” institutions which find themselves in the unfortunate circumstance of operating as I do inside a country currently ...

See entire post
by PeterDow
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:14 am
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: My “Eureka” moment. A cure for cancer.
Replies: 9
Views: 10820


This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 1,066 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link