Definition of Constitutional Monarchy
Example of Constitutional Monarchy
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland governed by Queen Elizabeth II and a parliament divided into the House of Lords and House of Commons, led by a prime minister.
Constitutional Monarchy Pronunciation
Syllabification: con·sti·tu·tion·al mon·ar·chy
- American English – /kahn-stuh-tOO-shuhn-l mAHn-uhr-kee/
- British English – /kon-sti-tyOO-shuh-nuhl mOn-uh-kee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˌkɑnstəˈtuʃənəl ˈmɑnɑrki/
- British English – /ˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːʃənl ˈmɒnəki/
- Plural: constitutional monarchies
- The authority of a constitutional monarch is typically hierarchical, with power transferred hereditarily, typically through the eldest son (primogeniture).
- A constitutional monarchy is compared and contrasted with an absolute monarchy.
- Absolute monarchies were once the norm in Europe. However, most contemporary monarchies are constitutional monarchies (Wright 2006, under “monarchy”).
- A type of government, monarchy, and political system.
- Also called limited monarchy.
- A (noun) monarch rules a constitutional monarchy, and their authority is described as (adjective) monarchal or (adjective) monarchic or (adjective) monarchical.
- Word origin of “constitutional” and “monarchy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “constitutional monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 3, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/constitutional-monarchy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
constitutional monarchy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/constitutional-monarchy/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “constitutional monarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 3, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/constitutional-monarchy/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“constitutional monarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/constitutional-monarchy/>.