of, relating to, or of the nature of a republic.
favoring a republic.
fitting or appropriate for the citizen of a republic:
a very republican notion.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Republican Party.
a person who favors a republican form of government.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Republican Rarty.
Contemporary Examples

They thanked him profusely for his public service, apologized for republican hectoring, and complained about decorum.
House Republicans Take on John Koskinen: Scenes From an IRS Sideshow Tim Mak June 23, 2014

The record republican wave was a referendum on and rejection of the policies of the president and his party.
The 2012 Intensity Battle Mark McKinnon August 11, 2011

And so Gomez, who on paper—an ex-Navy SEAL turned venture capitalist—looks like the perfect republican, jumped in.
Gomez or Go Home: The Massachusetts Senate Race Is Down to the Wire—and It Matters Big Time David Freedlander June 20, 2013

More impressive still, unlike the rest of the republican field, the former Pennsylvania senator has steadily grown in stature.
Republican Debate: Rick Santorum’s Class Act Michelle Cottle January 26, 2012

Recent polls put republican former lieutenant governor James “Duke” Aiona over his Democratic opponent by seven points.
Return of the Blue State Republican Governor? David Freedlander September 9, 2014

Historical Examples

Only Florence and Venice, at the close of the period upon which we are now entering, maintained their republican independence.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1 Various

He may be a republican, and he must uphold with warmth and conviction Royalist theories.
My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt

Jefferson rightly attributed to Burr republican success in the election.
The Life of John Marshall (Volume 2 of 4) Albert J. Beveridge

I was already a republican and a freethinker in the days of the Empire.
The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Emile Zola

The republican ticket was elected, with 292 electoral votes, as against 155 received by Bryan and Stevenson.
The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson

of, resembling, or relating to a republic
supporting or advocating a republic
a supporter or advocate of a republic
of, belonging to, or relating to a Republican Party
of, belonging to, or relating to the Irish Republican Army
a member or supporter of a Republican Party
a member or supporter of the Irish Republican Army

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.

“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.

A member of the Republican party.


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