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    on the whim

    Even Turkish Islamists appreciate the and recognise the spaces of freedom offorded by the rule of law as compared with government on the whim of a single individual...

    What does ON THE WHIM mean here


    Thanks in advance

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    Question Re: on the whim

    Quote Originally Posted by husak
    Even Turkish Islamists appreciate the and recognise the spaces of freedom offorded by the rule of law as compared with government on the whim of a single individual...

    What does ON THE WHIM mean here


    Thanks in advance
    Hi husak :
    i think these definitions can be helpfull to solve your problem:

    (1)A sudden or capricious idea; a fancy.
    (2)Arbitrary thought or impulse: governed by whim.
    (3)A vertical horse-powered drum used as a hoist in a mine.

    in my opinion this sound better :An impulsive, often illogical turn of mind:
    eg :he bought the house on a whim.

    kindest regards

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    Re: on the whim

    Yes; in this instance, "government on the whim of a single individual" means "government that consists of arbitrary exercise of power by a single individual".

    An "absolute monarch" is not restricted by law, and so may act as he pleases. His acts may be the result of careful thought, or they may be the result of a "whim".

    MrP

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    Re: on the whim

    thank you very much

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