the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies, and states.
a government or state ruled by an aristocracy, elite, or privileged upper class.
to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.
a state or nation in which the supreme power is actually or nominally lodged in a monarch. Compare absolute monarchy, limited monarchy.
a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection.
a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
due process of law
the regular administration of the law, according to which no citizen may be denied his or her legal rights and all laws must conform to fundamental, accepted legal principles, as the right of the accused to confront his or her accusers.
the doctrine that the right of rule derives directly from God, not from the consent of the people.
limited monarchy a monarchy governed according to a constitution that limits and defines the powers of the sovereign.
an agreement for mutual benefit between an individual or group and the government or community as a whole.
a person who represents a constituency or community in a legislative body, especially a member of the U.S. House of Representatives or a lower house in certain state legislatures.