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monarchy

Definition of monarchy

Etymology

    monarch + -y

Pronunciation

Noun

monarchy (plural monarchies)

  1. A government with a hereditary head of state (whether as a figurehead or as a powerful ruler).

    * An absolute monarchy is a monarchy where the monarch is legally the ultimate authority in all temporal matters.

    * A constitutional monarchy is a monarchy in which the monarch's power is legally constrained, ranging from where minor concessions have been made to appease certain factions to where the monarch is a figurehead with all real power in the hands of a legislative body.

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