What does the word republic mean?

Usage examples for republic

  1. This was the time when our country was at war with the French Republic- a war which Burns bitterly disliked, but his employment under Government forced him to set " a seal on his lips as to those unlucky politics." – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  2. He was merely the hereditary president of a representative republic. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley