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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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 remaining claims in the backlog are awaiting action by claimants, although many say they have been prevented by EDD’s jammed phone lines and bureaucratic red tape from resolving issues with claims. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California’s jobless claim backlog is growing again, sparking opposition to proposal for new agency," 5 May 2021 Two different times in September 2019, Aisha radioed distress alerts, claiming the ship was no longer supporting life, and then took a lifeboat to shore hoping to cut through the bureaucratic red tape. Natalie Musumeci, Fox News, "Sailor spent nightmarish 4 years trapped aboard Egyptian cargo ship," 1 May 2021 More than 100,000 city public school students lack permanent housing, caught in bureaucratic limbo that often seems like a trap. New York Times, "The 9.13.20 Issue," 8 Sep. 2020 When bureaucratic red tape prevents him from naming his children as life insurance beneficiaries, a firefighter asks his buddy to pose as his domestic partner. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 But the bureaucratic red tape around accessing financial help has hindered timely access to these funds for many countries in Africa, said Alakija. Washington Post, "Coronavirus vaccines are finally reaching poor countries, but some can’t cover the cost of administering them," 30 Mar. 2021 His aides advertise his diligence, catering to a post-Trump public desire for bureaucratic competence. New York Times, "We Expect Sports Stars to Be Heroes. What About Our Politicians?," 31 Mar. 2021 The creation of a regulatory agency to police Big Tech favored by liberals and some Biden administration officials is unlikely, a top Democrat said, because of the lack of bipartisan support and bureaucratic obstacles. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Top Democrat rejects digital regulatory agency favored by the Left," 31 Mar. 2021 In that film, which opened on March 22, 1991, and on March 30 will be newly available in a 30th anniversary restored disc from the Criterion Collection, Brooks imagined the afterlife as a bureaucratic waystation. Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: ‘Defending Your Life’ at 30. Why Albert Brooks’ view of afterlife bureaucracy endures," 30 Mar. 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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11 May 2021

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“Bureaucratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bureaucratic. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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