A political party, or one who identifies with said party, who generally supports:

A libertarian economic (fiscal) policy based on the principles of lower taxes and lower spending. Republicans often cite supply side economics (colloquially referred to as Reaganomics), which involves cutting taxes in the highest echelons, where most investing, corporate transacting, and wealth transfer occur, so as to allow freer markets and increase domestic economic prosperity. Fiscally, Republicans also tend to support limited federal government, based on the specific enumerated rights granted to Congress in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution. The powers of the federal government are, in fact, very limited by the Constitution, and Republicans often espouse that many federal government creations, such as social welfare, social security, and several federal agencies, are in fact unconstitutional. It should be noted in support of this argument that the author of the Constitution, James Madison, as well as key Founding Fathers such as Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and Washington all specifically spoke out against social welfare and a large government. On the whole, the Republican Party supports direct interpretation of the Constitution as it is written, which leads to the basis of their laissez-faire, free market fiscal policy.

A conservative social policy based on the idea that everyone in society should be held to certain moral and professional standards of decency, not necessarily by the law, but rather by society as a whole. For instance, conservative Republicans would speak out against sexual promiscuity and teenage recklessness. Conservative Republicans tend to base their social beliefs and adherence to tradition on great works such as the Bible, the Torah, and the Qu'ran. However, this does not in any way mean that conservative social policy is based on a belief in God, but rather in the belief that traditional practices have kept societies alive for thousands of years, while historically, immediate radical change can lead to a society's demise. In the belief of the protection of all life and the understanding that killing a fetus is still murder, because it is in fact a human being, conservative Republicans generally speak out against stem cell research and argue that abortion is murder, and never should be condoned. Conservatives differ over whether abortion is acceptable in cases of rape, incest, or possible harm to the mother's life.

Republicans hold highly the Bill of Rights as foundational to the American society. Republicans believe strongly in the essential rights of free speech, free religion, free assembly, freedom of the press, the right to bear arms, and an effective legal system in which every US citizen is guaranteed a free and fair trial.

The Republican Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Democratic Party.
Quotations from famous Republicans and conservatives:

“Let me remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice...and that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
—Barry Goldwater, Republican senator and 1964 Presidential Candidate

“To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”
—Calvin Coolidge, Republican president, 1923-1929

“You cultivate the essential virtues: high purpose, intelligence, decency, humility, fear of the Lord, and the passion for freedom.”
—William F. Buckley, Jr., major conservative political thinker in the late twentieth century

“There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.”
—Theodore Roosevelt, Republican President, 1901-1909
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An individual who believes that the white male Christian God should be the only object of worship on the planet, that power and wealth should remain in the hands of 1% of the world's population while the remaining 99% starve, that health care should be privatized so the poor can't afford basic medication, that a rape victim living on welfare should be forced to care for a baby she didn't even ask for, and that America is the only real country on Earth while all those other countries they read about are just fakes invented by communists...oh wait, it's terrorists now, isn't it?
We can all hope that the standard of education in America improves to the point where a Republican can no longer be voted into office.
by Grimrider November 27, 2002
Someone who supports the rights of the unborn, but won't fund stem cell research that could help the millions who are already here. The first one to protest abortion rights, and the first one willing to take a life through capital punishment. Someone who espouses personal freedom, and then tries to pass constitutional amendments to restrict it. Someone threatened by government surplus but unfazed by goverment deficits. Someone who is pro-business but anti-citizen. Someone who wants to take away the helping hand, after he's made it to safety. Someone who holds a cross in one hand and tries to burn it with the other.
He is such a Republican, hypocrisy will be the death of him yet.
by a Patriot August 17, 2004
(Noun) Member of the United States' Republican Party, first emerging in the mid 1800s as an anti-slavery movement. Success of candidate Abraham Lincoln in the Presidential election of 1860 sparked the American Civil War. The party has since moved on to other issues. Republicans today are characterized by typically right-wing, conservative beliefs including but by no means limited to pro-business policies, lack of dependence on the government in daily life, religious convictions, and desire to outlaw what they deem socially undesirable actions.

(Adjective) Typical or characteristic of a Republican or the Republican party.
1. George W. Bush was the Republican candidate for President in 2004.

2. He holds Republican ideals.
by A Discount Brick November 28, 2004
One who cuases almost %50 of this nations problems.
(For the cause of the other %50 see: Democrat)
Watch they say the same things and then say their ideas have more merrit, simply due to the name of their party.
by Wooooo December 15, 2002
A member of one of the two major political parties in the United States. The symbol of the party is an elephant, and it's symbolic color on the electoral map is red. Despite the party's color being red, they tend to be the more right-wing, as they usually tend to be more Conservative and/or Libertarian.

If you are a Republican, you probably:
- support a capitalist and/or free-market economy in which people are able to keep what they earn
- want lower income taxes
- want more power to states and local government
- want a smaller federal government
- believe that the nation should be how the American Founding Fathers wanted it to be
- believe that money would go better towards employing people than giving them welfare
- believe that the Constitution should be followed more strictly
- believe that free speech should be protected no matter who is offended
- believe that homosexual couples should not be given marriage benefits paid for by tax payers (does not necessarily mean banning homosexuality or gay marriage entirely)
- believes that birth control should not be free
- believes that abortion should not be aloud (often with exception for rape and/or risk of the mother's life)
- believe execution is okay for serious offenses
- believe people should be aloud to bear arms
- believe that minorities are just like any other people and laws should apply to people of different racial groups equally
This is one of the few non-biased definitions for the word "Republican" on Urban Dictionary
by Shnoogle June 25, 2014
Typically a person who believes that:
1)The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution takes precidence over the rest of the Constitution.
2)The rich should be tax-exempt, and that the middle and lower classes should have to foot the bill, also, a person who bitches when an under-funded government agency is unable to carry out its assigned task.
3)Thinks that programs such as welfare, medicare/medicaid and minimum wage are unconstitutional and should be banned.
4)Labels everything and everyone they disagree with as being "Communist" or "Anti-American" or "French."
I'm filthy-stinking rich! How dare you expect me to pay taxes!
by Hu$tla' $teve September 02, 2003
A member of the Republican Party who generally has right wing views, believes in lower tax rates, lack of dependency of the government in everyday life, and believes in less market restrictions.

This is a real definition, not just a five paragraph rant about how republicans suck. This is what you'd find in a dictionary.
Abraham Lincoln and George Bush were both members of the Republican Party.
by efuqua2 June 25, 2014

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