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- noun The doctrine that monarchs derive their right to rule directly from God and are accountable only to God.
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- noun Christianity, political science, philosophy The
Christiandoctrine that monarchshave a God-givenright to rule, that they are answerableonly to God, and that rebellionis sinful.
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- noun the doctrine that kings derive their right to rule directly from God and are not accountable to their subjects; rebellion is the worst of political crimes
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