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Jun 2, 2006
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Adjectives used postpositively

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regnant

(REG-nuhnt) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

adjective:
1. Ruling (reigning, as opposed to simply having the title by marriage).
2. Predominant; widespread.

From Latin regnare (to reign). Ultimately from Indo-European reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that's also the source of regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, and surge.

"Aylmer saw a queen regnant as two persons, one private and one public."
Julia M Walker; Dissing Elizabeth; Duke University Press; 2004.

See more usage examples of regnant in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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