Meaning of “constitutional monarchy” in the English Dictionary

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"constitutional monarchy" in British English

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constitutional monarchynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒn.stɪ.tjuː.ʃən.əl ˈmɒn.ə.ki/ us /ˌkɑːn.stɪ.tuː.ʃən.əl ˈmɑː.nɚ.ki/

Examples from literature

  • A constitutional monarchy existed nowhere, except perhaps in England. 
  • In all the constitutional monarchies we find legislative bodies similar to our Congress. 
  • In constitutional monarchies the ruler holds his position by heredity, but there exists also a constitution, which defines the distribution of powers among the branches that compose the government and fixes the limits of authority vested in each. 
  • It is true that under a constitutional monarchy, the royalty is above politics. 
  • It was determined that the King should no longer be absolute, and the choice lay between a constitutional monarchy and a republic. 

(Definition of “constitutional monarchy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"constitutional monarchy" in American English

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constitutional monarchynoun [ C ]

/ˌkɑn·stɪˈtu·ʃə·nəl ˈmɑn·ər·ki/ also limited monarchy

politics & government a system of government in which a king or queen is head of state, but laws are made and put into effect by a legislature, or a country that has this system of government

(Definition of “constitutional monarchy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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