absolute monarchy

(noun) A monarchical government in which a ruler has unrestricted power over the state and its people due to lack of a constitution or legal restraints.

Example: Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman.

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  • Plural: absolute monarchies
  • The authority of an absolute monarch is typically hierarchical, with power transferred hereditarily typically through the eldest son (primogeniture), and governed through autocracy.
  • An absolute monarchy is compared and contrasted with a constitutional monarchy.
  • There is considerable contention about which rulers both current and historic are absolute monarchs due to the role of religious mandates and bureaucracy.
  • A (noun) monarch rules an absolute monarchy with (adjective) monarchal or (adjective) monarchic or (adjective) monarchical authority.
  • Absolute monarchy used in a sentence: Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman is an absolute monarch.

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How to Cite the Definition of Absolute Monarchy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “absolute monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 26, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

absolute monarchy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“absolute monarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 26 Jun. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/absolute-monarchy/>.