- Any theory or doctrine that proposes the absence of government in all forms.
- Specifically, a political philosophical belief that all forms of involuntary rule or government are undesirable or unnecessary and that society could function without a ruler or involuntary government (state).
Etymology: From Ancient Greek (polytonic, á-) (an-) "not" + (polytonic, á) (archos) "leader".
- Dutch: anarchisme
- French: anarchisme
- German: Anarchismus
- Italian: anarchismo
- Spanish: anarquismo
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