From King Dictionary of Contemporary English republican re‧pub‧li‧can 1 / rɪˈpʌblɪkən / noun [countable ] 1 PPG someone who believes in government by elected representatives only, with no king or queen 2 → Republican 3 → Republican — republicanism noun [uncountable ] Examples from the Corpus republican • Is it worthy of that manly fortitude that ought to characterize republicans? • The central committee would elect its president from its ranks, but each time from a different republican or provincial party. • What was the political point being made in presenting the father, Moran, as a disillusioned republican? • But in the context of the jail, republicans considered them symbolic and provocative and, therefore, they could create trouble. • Held on 12 April 1931 the contest turned into a more-or-less direct confrontation between monarchists and an alliance of republicans and socialists. • A repeated jeer of the author's is that republicans look down on the masses they purport to represent. Republican Republican a member or supporter of the Republican Party in the US → Democrat → republican Examples from the Corpus Republican • the Republican candidate for president Republican Republican someone from Northern Ireland who believes that Northern Ireland should become part of the Republic of Ireland, not the United Kingdom → loyalist → republican republican republican 2 adjective PG relating to or supporting a system of government that is not led by a king or queen → democratic Examples from the Corpus republican • Casey was arrested at his father-in-law's home on Strabane's fiercely republican Ballycolman estate. • Of the republican budget 2.8 percent was voted for military expenditure. • Indeed, political activity at a variety of levels showed signs of breaking out of the loyalist versus republican deadlock. • It was released for consideration by republican parliaments. • It is clear, however, that important innovations were being made in republican political activity. • He was an example of the contradictory crosscurrents of nationalist and republican politics in this period. • In a kind of republican primogeniture, autocratic leaders groom their sons to succeed them.