principate

principate

[prin-suh-peyt]
noun
supreme power or office.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin prīncipātus, equivalent to prīncip- (see prince) + -ātus -ate3

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principate (ˈprɪnsɪˌpeɪt)
 
n
1.  a state ruled by a prince
2.  a form of rule in the early Roman Empire in which some republican forms survived

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