What is republic?

  • (noun): A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them.
    Synonyms: democracy, commonwealth
    See also — Additional definitions below

Republic

A republic is a form of government in which the country is considered a "public matter" (Latin: res publica), not the private concern or property of the rulers, and where offices of states are subsequently directly or indirectly elected or appointed rather than inherited. In modern times, a common simplified definition of a republic is a government where the head of state is not a monarch.

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Some articles on republic:

Republic - Other Meanings - United States
... A distinct set of definitions for the word republic evolved in the United States ... In common parlance a republic is a state that does not practice direct democracy but rather has a government indirectly controlled by the people ... democracy was not an idea mentioned by Machiavelli and did not exist in the classical republics ...
Vienna Convention On Diplomatic Relations - State Parties To The Convention
... signed nor ratified the convention are Antigua and Barbuda, Sultanate of Brunei, Cook Islands, Republic of Gambia, Niue, Republic of Palau, Solomon Islands ...
History and Culture - Weimar Republic
... For more details on this topic, see Weimar Republic ... in German history from 1919 to 1933 is commonly referred to as the Weimar Republic, as the Republic's constitution was drafted here ...
Moldova
... Moldova i/mɔːlˈdoʊvə/, officially the Republic of Moldova (Moldovan/Romanian Republica Moldova ) is a landlocked nation in Eastern Europe located between Romania ... the same boundaries as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991 as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union ... The nation is a parliamentary republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government ...
Marine (military) - Historical Marine Forces - Republic of Vietnam
... The forerunner of the Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps (VNMC) was established by Ngo Dinh Diem, then prime minister of what was then the State of Vietnam on October 13, 1954 ... The Republic of Vietnam was established in October 1955 after Diem used a fraudulent referendum to topple Bao Dai ...

More definitions of "republic":

  • (noun): A form of government whose head of state is not a monarch.
    Example: "The head of state in a republic is usually a president"

Famous quotes containing the word republic:

    While the Republic has already acquired a history world-wide, America is still unsettled and unexplored. Like the English in New Holland, we live only on the shores of a continent even yet, and hardly know where the rivers come from which float our navy.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.
    Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)

    Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.
    Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913)