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republican

[ri-puhb-li-kuh n] /rɪˈpʌb lɪ kən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic.
2.
favoring a republic.
3.
fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic:
a very republican notion.
4.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party.
noun
5.
a person who favors a republican form of government.
6.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Rarty.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < French républicain, Middle French. See republic, -an
Related forms
antirepublican, adjective, noun
half-republican, adjective
nonrepublican, adjective, noun
prerepublican, adjective
prorepublican, adjective, noun
pseudorepublican, adjective
semirepublican, adjective, noun
unrepublican, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for republican

republican

/rɪˈpʌblɪkən/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, or relating to a republic
2.
supporting or advocating a republic
noun
3.
a supporter or advocate of a republic

Republican

/rɪˈpʌblɪkən/
adjective
1.
of, belonging to, or relating to a Republican Party
2.
of, belonging to, or relating to the Irish Republican Army
noun
3.
a member or supporter of a Republican Party
4.
a member or supporter of the Irish Republican Army
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Word Origin and History for republican
adj.

1712, "belonging to a republic, of the nature of a republic, consonant to the principles of a republic," from republic + -an. The French republican calendar was in use from Nov. 26, 1793 to Dec. 31, 1805.

n.

"one who favors a republic or republican principles" (or, as Johnson puts it, "One who thinks a commonwealth without monarchy the best government"), 1690s; see from republican (adj.). With capital R-, in reference to a member of a specific U.S. political party (the Anti-Federalists) from 1782, though this was not the ancestor of the modern U.S. Republican Party, which dates from 1854.

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republican in Culture

Republican definition


A member of the Republican party.

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