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n. pl. in·ter·reg·nums or in·ter·reg·na (-nə)
1. The interval of time between the end of a sovereign's reign and the accession of a successor.
2. A period of temporary suspension of the usual functions of government or control.
3. A gap in continuity.
[Latin : inter-, inter- + rēgnum, reign; see reign.]
in′ter·reg′nal (-nəl) adj.
n, pl -nums or -na (-nə)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an interval between two reigns, governments, incumbencies, etc
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any period in which a state lacks a ruler, government, etc
3. a period of absence of some control, authority, etc
4. a gap in a continuity
[C16: from Latin, from inter- + regnum reign]
in•ter•reg•num(ˌɪn tərˈrɛg nəm)
n., pl. -nums, -na (-nə).
1. an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of the normal or legitimate successor.
2. any period during which a state is without a permanent ruler.
3. any pause or interruption in continuity.
[1570–80; < Latin =inter- inter- + rēgnum reign]