principate

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principate

(ˈprɪnsɪˌpeɪt)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a state ruled by a prince
2. (Historical Terms) a form of rule in the early Roman Empire in which some republican forms survived

prin•ci•pate

(ˈprɪn səˌpeɪt)

n.
1. supreme power or office.
2. the form of government of the early Roman Empire, under which some of the outward forms of the Republic were maintained.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin prīncipātus=prīncip- (see prince) + -ātus -ate3]
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