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Meaning of Regency

The person or a delegation of persons entrusted with all or some of the powers of the sovereign during the sovereign’s absence from the realm or infancy or incapacity . since the time of William III, instead of regency, it was the practise to appoint Lord Justices. The Regency Act of 1937 of England now provides that a Regent is to be appointed if the sovereign is, at his accession, under the age of eighteen years or is totally incapacitated.

Regency Alternative Definition

The authority of the person in monarchical countries invested with the right of governing the state, in the name of the monarch, during his minority, absence, sickness, or other inability.

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Regency

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early 15c., “government by regents,” from Medieval Latin regentia, from Latin regens (see regent). Notable instances were: France 1715-1723 (under Philip, Duke of Orleans), Britain 1811-1820 (under George, Prince of Wales, Prince Regent), “in each case with suggestion of debauchery” [Weekley]. In reference to the style of that time, attested from 1880 (there is an unexplained use in Jane Austen from 1793). Compare French equivalent Régence, attested in English from 1919. U.S. Albany Regency refers to dominant political faction in New York state c. 1820-1850.







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