I. noun Date: 1699 1. one that favors or supports a republican form of government 2. capitalized a. a member of a political party advocating republicanism b. a member of the Democratic-Republican party or of the Republican party of the United States II. adjective Date: 1690 1. a. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a republic b. favoring, supporting, or advocating a republic c. belonging or appropriate to one living in or supporting a republic <
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2. capitalized a. Democratic-Republican b. of, relating to, or constituting the one of the two major political parties evolving in the United States in the mid-19th century that is usually primarily associated with business, financial, and some agricultural interests and is held to favor a restricted governmental role in economic life

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