Definition - Noun 1: a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usu. a president also : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government 2: a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law also : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government
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