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  • n. the equality of all citizens before the law

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Equality before the law; uniformity of rights.


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  • That word seems to have been "isonomia", or "equality before the law".


  • Melanie, as I pointed out below, it's more than a thousand years, it's from the beginning of democracy itself, isonomia, equality under the law was what made democracy possible.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Although some have tried to find an application for isonomia in aristocratic politics, it is usually associated with the radical democracy which emerged in Athens in the late sixth century (Vlastos 1973, 175-7).


  • Alcmaeon said that the equality (isonomia) of the powers (wet, dry, cold, hot, bitter, sweet, etc.) maintains health but that monarchy among them produces disease.


  • But in the fifth century isegoria, like isonomia, came to mean democracy.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The cosmologist Alcmaeon, who was also a physician, made it his first cosmic principle under the political metaphor isonomia (“equality of rights”).

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The most common elements involve isonomia (equality before the law), the dignity of manual labor, and access to all to public voice.

    Augean Stables

  • Thucydides speaks without hesitation of an "isonomic oligarchy," and later we find isonomia used by Plato quite deliberately in contrast to, rather than in vindication of, democracy.

    Mises Dailies

  • (isonomia) of the opposing powers which make up the body


  • "Do finish your story about the family council, Gaius Julius," said Marius, fascinated; this much democracy they didn’t have in the smallest isonomia in Greece!

    The First Man in Rome


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