bureaucratic

adjective
bu·​reau·​crat·​ic | \ ˌbyu̇r-ə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce bureaucratic (audio) , ˌbyər-\

Definition of bureaucratic

: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a bureaucracy or a bureaucrat bureaucratic government a bureaucratic organization bureaucratic procedures

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Other Words from bureaucratic

bureaucratically \ ˌbyu̇r-​ə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bureaucratically (audio) , ˌbyər-​ \ adverb

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Railroads also faced steep technical and bureaucratic challenges. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "After Philly crash, railroads got more time to install a key safety system. Three years later, some still lag behind," 3 July 2018 Surely that says something about the nature of bureaucratic structures. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why Border Patrol agents obey immoral orders," 20 June 2018 Men have been bringing up other men since the dawn of bureaucratic organizational structures. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Male Ally Benedict Cumberbatch Is Only Taking Jobs With Equal Pay For Women," 13 May 2018 But bureaucratic delays and armed clashes continue to cause shortages of equipment, medicines and vaccines, the United Nations says. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "A Yemeni toddler fought for his life in a hospital while adults battled each other," 25 June 2018 Some of us work at government agencies or nonprofit organizations laboring to English bureaucratic prose, and may the Blessed Henry Watson Fowler watch over you. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "If you are an editor, the world is in need of you," 18 May 2018 Authorities looking to get rid of the craft must navigate a bureaucratic maze first, according to El País. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Wants to Claim This Abandoned Airplane at Madrid's Main Airport," 28 Jan. 2019 It had not yet drilled because of numerous bureaucratic delays within the U.S. departments of Interior and Agriculture that prompted the company to sue in 2013. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "Judge restores energy lease on Montana land sacred to tribes," 25 Sep. 2018 The pair found a location there, jumped through bureaucratic hoops and secured financing only to have the landowner to pull out of the deal at the last minute. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Food halls set out to be the next big thing in Detroit dining," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bureaucratic

1800, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bureaucratic

borrowed from French bureaucratique, from bureaucrate bureaucrat or bureaucratie bureaucracy + -ique -ic entry 1

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The first known use of bureaucratic was in 1800

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bureaucratic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bureaucratic

: using or connected with many complicated rules and ways of doing things : of, relating to, or like a bureaucracy or bureaucrat

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