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

Other Words from bureaucratic

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

Examples of bureaucratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New aircraft designs are supposed to go through a lengthy bureaucratic process called type certification. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 Must the company still initiate what undoubtedly will be a time-consuming bureaucratic reporting process for absolutely everything? Bipul Sinha, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2022 Then, Russia invaded Ukraine, which Dratchev suspects has further slowed down the bureaucratic process — and sowed doubts in his mind about the whole idea of returning to Russia, even to see his mother. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 Moreover, adding vaccines to the school immunization list was usually a quiet bureaucratic process overseen by state health boards. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 10 Mar. 2022 Getting approval to use parkland that way would require a multi-year bureaucratic process. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Jan. 2022 Congress will need to step in with legislation mandating self-policing by each bureaucratic entity and systematic oversight and accountability. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2021 The lend-lease bill allows the president to lend or lease defense equipment to Ukraine for fiscal year 2022 and 2023, and also slashes bureaucratic red tape to make sure equipment is delivered quickly. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 The order, lauded for removing bureaucratic red tape hindering the museum, nested the Historic Preservation Agency under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Clare Spaulding, chicagotribune.com, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Bureaucratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bureaucratic. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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