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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Perhaps one emerging player in the housing situation can avoid some of that debate, if not the bureaucratic red tape: churches. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Recent housing, homeless developments give little cause for optimism," 7 June 2019 Macron is planning to focus on pursuing further labor changes with a bill focusing on helping small businesses to grow by removing some financial and bureaucratic barriers. Sylvie Corbet, Fox News, "French president pushes for new changes as criticism grows," 22 Aug. 2018 But all those possibilities are complicated and require navigating bureaucratic and legal obstacles. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "One Family’s Struggle to Get Their Daughter Lifesaving Medication," 20 Jan. 2019 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

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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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