consent of the governed

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consent of the governed (uncountable)

  1. (government, political science, philosophy) A political theory in which a government or set of governments could only be deemed legitimate if it is supported by the people under which it exercises its political influence.

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This phrase is often used in contrast to the "divine right of kings", which places supreme political power in a monarch chosen not by the people but directly by the will of God on Earth.

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