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 (do͞o-ŭm′vər-ĭt, dyo͞o-)
1. Any of various two-man executive boards in the Roman Republic.
2. A regime or partnership of two persons.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the office of or government by duumvirs
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(duˈʌm vər ɪt, dyu-)

1. a coalition of two people holding the same office, as in ancient Rome.
2. the office or government of two such people.
[1650–60; < Latin duumvirātus. See duumvir]
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1. a position in government held jointly by two men.
2. the two people holding such a position.
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