constitutional monarchy

(noun) A monarchical government in which the ruler’s power is limited by a constitution or other legal restraints.

Example: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland governed by a Queen Elizabeth II and a parliament divided into the House of Lords and House of Commons, led by Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: constitutional monarchies
  • The authority of an constitutional monarch is typically hierarchical, with power transferred hereditarily typically through the eldest son.
  • A constitutional monarchy is compared and contrasted with an absolute monarchy.
  • Also called:
    • crown republic
    • limited monarchy
    • parliamentary monarchy
  • Constitutional monarchy use in a sentence: The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarch.
  • A (noun) monarch rules an absolute monarchy and their authority is described as (adjective) monarchal or (adjective) monarchic or (adjective) monarchical.

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