res publica

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From Latin rēs pūblica. Doublet of republic.



res publica (uncountable)

  1. The common good, as identified with the wider state; the commonwealth, the body politic.
    • 1997, Herwig Wolfram, The Roman Empire and its Germanic Peoples, page 190:
      At the same time the Roman-barbarian regna distinguished themselves from the res publica.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 402:
      There was no question as yet of republicanism being on the agenda, other than in the old, weak sense of a res publica or commonwealth to which both ruler and ruled owed allegiance.



rēs pūblica f (genitive reī pūblicae); fifth declension

  1. Alternative form of rēspūblica


Fifth-declension noun with a first-declension adjective.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative rēs pūblica rēs pūblicae
Genitive reī pūblicae rērum pūblicārum
Dative reī pūblicae rēbus pūblicīs
Accusative rem pūblicam rēs pūblicās
Ablative rē pūblicā rēbus pūblicīs
Vocative rēs pūblica rēs pūblicae