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democracy

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noun de·moc·ra·cy \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\

Simple Definition of democracy

  • : a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting

  • : a country ruled by democracy

  • : an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equally and has equal rights

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of democracy

plural

democracies

  1. 1 a :  government by the people; especially :  rule of the majority b :  a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

  2. 2 :  a political unit that has a democratic government

  3. 3 capitalized :  the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States <from emancipation Republicanism to New Deal Democracy — C. M. Roberts>

  4. 4 :  the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority

  5. 5 :  the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

Examples of democracy in a sentence

  1. Democracy, I would repeat, is the noblest form of government we have yet evolved … —Norman Mailer, New York Review of Books, 27 Mar. 2002

  2. … this and the economic failures of faithful democracies in places such as India or the Anglophone Caribbean demonstrated conclusively that there was no inherent link between freedom and capitalism … —Orlando Patterson, New Republic, 8 Nov. 1999

  3. Even in democracies today, crucial knowledge is available to only a few individuals … —Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel, 1997

  4. The nation has chosen democracy over monarchy.

  5. In a democracy, every citizen should have the right to vote.

  6. The company is not a democracy; decisions are made by a board of directors, not the workers.

  7. There is democracy within the company.



Origin and Etymology of democracy

Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos + -kratia -cracy


First Known Use: 1576


DEMOCRACY Defined for Kids

democracy

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noun de·moc·ra·cy \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\

Definition of democracy for Students

plural

democracies

  1. 1 :  government by the people :  majority rule

  2. 2 :  government in which the highest power is held by the people and is usually used through representatives

  3. 3 :  a political unit (as a nation) governed by the people

  4. 4 :  belief in or practice of the idea that all people are socially equal




Law Dictionary

democracy

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noun de·moc·ra·cy \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\

Legal Definition of democracy

plural

democracies

  1. 1a :  government by the people; especially :  rule of the majority b :  a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

  2. 2 :  a political unit that has a democratic government

democratic

\ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik\ play adjective

democratically

adverb




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