A government in which the supreme power is vested in a single person. Where a monarch is invested with absolute power, the monarchy is termed “despotic;” where the supreme power is virtually in the laws, though the majesty of government and the administration are vested in a single person, it is a “limited” or “constitutional” monarchy. It is hereditary where the regal power descends immediately from the possessor to the next heir by blood, as in England ; or elective, as was formerly the case in Poland. Wharton.
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