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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


(ˈprɪn səˌpeɪt)

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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Documents illustrating the Principates of Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian.
For the Romanians, the 19th century was the century of the Romanian Principates Union, the century when the national state was built, when independence was won and monarchy settled.
Los principates cuestionamientos en el pais galo estan referidos a la falta de preparacion de la operacion militar, la posibitidad del estancamiento en un confticto de larga duracion o la violacion de lo acordado al principio por el Consejo de Seguridad.
After the events organized in 2011 on the occasion of Unification of Romanian Principates, IRES (the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy) issued a research entitled "Patriotism of the Romanians".
De igual manera, el informe de 2011 de la Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores menciona la capacitacion de funcionarios publicos como una de las principates politicas sobre las que trabaia el Estado para prevenir la tortura.
Suetonius begins the final book of his De vita Caesarum, in which were covered the lives of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian, with a ringing endorsement of the Flavian dynasty: the principates of Galba, Otho and Vitellius are characterised baldly with the very first word of the Book as rebellio, a negative assessment which is underlined by caedes.
Smallwood, Documents Illustrating the Principates of Gaius, daudius and Nero, Cambridge, 1967, no 369) n'auraient-elles pas influence davantage Scribonianus a se vouloir une sorte de <<second Camille>> defenseur de la republique romaine contre cet empereur <<gaulois>> (SENEQUE, Apocolocyntose, 5, 2; 6, 1 et 7,2; cf.
It was another way in which Castiglione could extend his ideas beyond the minor principates he had so long experienced, in order to target a wider European audience.
The following taxonomy is mine: (l) what has been described elsewhere under the rubric "kingship and the gods," the investing of political of ecclesiastical authorities in premodern Europe with complementary sacred and secular prerogatives, tiros making ruling monarchs quasi-divine, and preeminent clerics consequential as political figures, and the contribution of the arts to that process; (2) the role of music in establishing and enhancing a distinctive political identity, whether the polity were civic or ecclesiastical in nature; (3) the institutional infrastructure of patronage, that is, the types of institutions that supported the musical life of the period: principates, ecclesiastical institutions, confraternities, academies, presses, educational institutions, etc.
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Further, the means by which this was achieved, by the imposition of a prior level of decision-making which completely transformed but did not replace that of the republic, is typical of much else that can be seen in the legislation of the Augustan and Tiberian principates.
Y las autoridades de los principates paises --los de mayor presencia foranea, por razones evidentes-- han decidido coger el toro por los cuernos.