If we resort for a criterion to the different principles…
If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.
Context: Federalist No. 39
Tags: criterion, good behavior, government, limited, people, powers, republic