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absolute monarchy

a monarchy that is not limited or restrained by laws or a constitution. Unabridged
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  • Even in an absolute monarchy, public sensitivities and political alliances cannot be ignored.
  • So a real absolute monarchy is replacing our republic step by step.
  • It had an absolute monarchy with supernatural powers and a dynastic succession in place.
British Dictionary definitions for absolute monarchy

absolute monarchy

a monarchy without constitutional limits Compare constitutional monarchy
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Contemporary definitions for absolute monarchy

a government determined solely by the ruler; also called despotic monarchy


Unions are demanding reform of Africa's last absolute monarchy.

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absolute monarchy definition

Rule by one person — a monarch, usually a king or a queen — whose actions are restricted neither by written law nor by custom; a system different from a constitutional monarchy and from a republic. Absolute monarchy persisted in France until 1789 and in Russia until 1917.

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