Examples of bureaucracy in a Sentence
- As Europe slipped deeper into the war, the uranium panel twiddled its thumbs. It was so mired in bureaucracy that by the spring of 1940, it had managed to approve only the $6,000 in research funds earmarked for Fermi and Szilard, so they could purchase uranium and graphite for their fission experiments. —Jennet Conant, Tuxedo Park, 2002
- In recent books and articles a small but outspoken chorus of former CIA case officers has portrayed the once proudly swashbuckling agency as a timid, politically correct bureaucracy, overly concerned with being held to account by the press and Capitol Hill. —Evan Thomas, Newsweek, 29 Apr. 2002
- Proving that even lumbering federal bureaucracies can move quickly when they have to, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week took advantage of Congress' extended holiday break to introduce its long-awaited—and, perhaps, long-dreaded—ergonomic standards. —Editor & Publisher, 27 Nov. 1999
She was fed up with all the red tape and bureaucracy.
Both candidates pledge to simplify the state's bloated bureaucracy.
Recent Examples of bureaucracy from the Web
According to a May 15 memo obtained by Business Insider, Khosrowshahi was pushing a new strategy to decrease bureaucracy and speed up decision making.
Despite government pledges to help small businesses, more than half of her time was spent navigating the country’s bureaucracy and shifting tax rules.
A year in, thanks to a combination of excessive bureaucracy and slow adjustment, 92% remains unspent.
New technology plays a role in the film, but old-fashioned peer pressure and oppressive bureaucracy are the greatest villains.
The result has been a huge number of complaints throughout academe and a concomitant growth of bureaucracy.
Community boards could provide a layer of oversight beyond the federal bureaucracy.
Opening a restaurant is difficult enough for lifelong Baltimoreans, let alone aspiring restaurateurs who aren’t fluent in English or familiar with the city’s layers of bureaucracy.
Still, even an autocrat has to navigate a good deal of bureaucracy when instituting a change like this.
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The Roots of bureaucracy
Bureaucracy was borrowed from the French bureaucratie, which itself was formed by combining bureau (“desk”) and -cratie (a suffix denoting a kind of government). The English word can refer to an entire body of unelected government officials or to the problematic system (often filled with red tape) that may result from administration by bureaucrats. From its earliest appearances, bureaucracy has carried a distinctly negative connotation. An 1815 London Times article, for example, declares: “. . . it is in this bureaucracy, Gentlemen, that you will find the invisible and mischievous power which thwarts the most noble views, and prevents or weakens the effect of all the salutary reforms which France is incessantly calling for.”
BUREAUCRACY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bureaucracy for English Language Learners
: a large group of people who are involved in running a government but who are not elected
: a system of government or business that has many complicated rules and ways of doing things
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