1.(of a form of government, constitution, etc.) belonging to or characteristic of a republic.
‘a republican government'
‘Their God could act providentially, and their religious beliefs helped to shape their faith in republican government and the natural law that, in their view, underlay its principles.'
‘For Earle, the second republican period represents the Golden Age of the colonial economy.'
‘The decision to situate an emblem of Florentine republican government in their palace could be understood as a sign that the Medici were closely connected to that regime and continued its ideals.'
‘He never appears to have found the slightest difficulty in serving a republican government.'
2.Advocating republican government.
‘the republican movement'
‘Tax relief adds to that, the idea that taxation is an affliction, and that's a republican idea.'
‘That is the issue for the so-called republican movement to answer clearly.'
‘My part of the republican movement was to argue that becoming a republic was to signal to the world that we are our own men and women.'
‘Gallagher said loyalist and republican prisoners were outraged at constant strip searches.'
3.(in the US) supporting the Republican Party.
‘Publicly, the embattled House Majority Leader enjoys the near-unanimous support of Republican lawmakers.'
‘Liberal Democrats and reliably Republican homebuilders and real estate interests don't want any new rules that would restrain housing, the strongest sector of the economy.'
‘To illustrate this partisan imbalance, the following table shows the Democratic and Republican parties have fairly evenly divided the popular vote between them since World War II.'
‘She is a black woman in a world dominated by aging white men and she is a Republican conservative from a traditionally liberal Democrat background.'
‘Seven years ago, 49 Republican senators backed a plan to require a supermajority to pass tax increases.'
1.(in the US) supporting the Republican Party.
‘in the old days, the argument between radical-reform monarchists and the straight republicans was academic'
2.An advocate of republican government.
‘Third, the monarchists did not win the November 6 referendum: the republicans lost it.'
‘Over the course of this comparison, it will also become clear that because Milton differs from the republicans on this issue, he also differs from them on other major issues.'
‘This position was anathema to traditional republicans , since it postulated that reform of the State was possible.'
‘You can also imagine the friends, the republicans , because it was not just artists that came but those that really wanted to shape the future.'
3.(in the US) a member or supporter of the Republican Party.
‘Initially, the White House shared the terms with only a few members of Congress, mostly friendly Republicans .'
‘It received widespread support, from Republicans as well as Democrats.'
‘Deficits and the public debt have piled up mountainously since then, and few people care, least of all conservative Republicans .'
‘Financiers aren't used to such rough treatment from conservative Republicans .'
‘Even conservative Republicans are growing antsy at the new spending and the return of dreaded deficits.'
4.An advocate of a united Ireland.
‘In the past, it has also been accused of involvement in a shoot-to-kill policy against republicans and in loyalist attacks on nationalists.'
‘The government's long-term goal is to establish a series of bilateral talks involving republicans and unionists.'
‘Sinn Féin has a strong and deeply rooted vote among traditional rural and working class republicans in the North.'
‘Laudable too are the recent measures by republicans aimed at reassuring unionists that the war really is over.'
‘He was one of the best-known republicans in Munster.'