|Compare constitutional monarchy a monarchy without constitutional limits|
|Main Entry:||absolute monarchy|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||a government determined solely by the ruler; also called despotic monarchy|
|Example:||Unions are demanding reform of Africa's last absolute monarchy.|
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.