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 bureaucratic (audio) , ˌbyər-​ \ adverb

Examples of bureaucratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fire Department expected to have a class up and running in December, but bureaucratic delays have slowed the hiring process. Mike A. Perlstein, NOLA.com, "New Orleans Fire Department's $15.9 million grant at risk over slow hiring," 13 Jan. 2021 But that would prove to be just the beginning of a bureaucratic nightmare to get soldiers on the scene. Anchorage Daily News, "Backup was denied, former Capitol Police chief says," 11 Jan. 2021 But that would prove to be just the beginning of a bureaucratic nightmare to get soldiers on the scene. BostonGlobe.com, "Backup was denied, former Capitol Police chief says," 10 Jan. 2021 While payments could be received retroactively, any gap means more hardship and uncertainty for Americans who have already grappled with bureaucratic delays, often depleting much of their savings to stay afloat while waiting for payments to kick in. Alexandra Olson And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Second stimulus check updates: Unemployment benefits for millions in limbo and government shutdown looms as Trump rages," 26 Dec. 2020 While payments could be received retroactively, any gap means more hardship and uncertainty for Americans who have already grappled with bureaucratic delays, often depleting much of their savings to stay afloat while waiting for payments to kick in. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, "'Devastating consequences': Biden blasts Trump for not signing COVID relief bill before unemployment aid lapses," 26 Dec. 2020 Before Forbes’s legislation, he was told removing them would be a bureaucratic nightmare requiring several residents and mortgage companies to sign a petition. Washington Post, "Racist housing covenants haunt property records across the country. New laws make them easier to remove.," 22 Oct. 2020 The big news, recently, in solar energy, has more to do with bureaucratic delays than power from the sun, as the Star Tribune’s Mike Hughlett has reported. Star Tribune, "Solar industry-Xcel flap won't dim long-term growth of Minnesota industry," 18 Oct. 2020 Coupled with his push to slash the bureaucratic red tape that hinders entrepreneurship and economic growth, that helped trigger a record jobs boom. Star Tribune, "Don't forget Trump's many achievements," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Bureaucratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bureaucratic. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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