Definition of one-party in US English:



  • Relating to or denoting a system of government in which only one political party is permitted.

    ‘the country went from a one-party state to a multiparty democracy’
    ‘opposition to one-party rule’
    • ‘There is a limit to how much economic liberalization one-party rule can tolerate.’
    • ‘Bracken became First Lord of the Admiralty in Churchill's one-party caretaker government.’
    • ‘From 1960 to 1991 Malian politics was primarily organized on the basis of a one-party system.’
    • ‘He established effectively a one-party agrarian state which discriminated heavily against urban dwelling areas, e.g. through severe property restrictions.’
    • ‘Under the country's one-party system, many political frustrations remain.’
    • ‘In June 1992 he ended 27 years of one-party rule by the legalization of opposition parties.’
    • ‘The formal government changed in 1992 from a socialist, one-party system to a multiparty, free market system.’
    • ‘During much of the twentieth century, Mexico was a one-party democracy.’
    • ‘Almost everyone agrees that the secretive one-party state should not be allowed to continue with its nuclear weapons programme.’
    • ‘In the States, however, where regional parties are very strong, one-party rule is possible.’