- (uncountable) The state of a society being without authorities or an authoritative governing body.
- (uncountable) Anarchism; the political theory that a community is best organized by the voluntary cooperation of individuals, rather than by a government, which is regarded as being coercive by nature.
- (countable) A chaotic and confusing absence of any form of political authority or government.
- Confusion in general; disorder.
- (confusion or misunderstanding in general): Anarchists feel it is inappropriate to use anarchy to mean “a state of chaos or confusion”. However, this has historically been a common use of the word.
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- (all senses): nonanarchy (rare)
- (disorder): order
political disorder and confusion
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