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

Examples of bureaucratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The administration alleges — and independent analysts generally agree — that China steals technology, forces foreign companies to hand over trade secrets, unfairly subsidizes its own firms and throws up bureaucratic hurdles for foreign rivals. Joe Mcdonald, The Denver Post, "At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases," 26 Dec. 2019 Despite this shortcoming, and despite the fact that compiling Assam’s list proved costly and time-consuming for the government—not to mention a bureaucratic, legal and logistical nightmare for citizens—Mr Shah wants to extend the project nationwide. The Economist, "A recipe for unrest India’s new citizenship law outrages Muslims," 12 Dec. 2019 Most of it was dry and bureaucratic, but the dozen or so attendees, including two campaign staffers for Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Amy Klobuchar, were rapt. New York Times, "The Bowhunting Influencer of Iowa Democrats," 7 Dec. 2019 But whatever technical challenges must be overcome for the Artemis program to succeed, political, budgetary and bureaucratic hurdles might prove greater obstacles to an American lunar return. New York Times, "What We Learned in Space and Astronomy News in 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Or would the potential bureaucratic and legal challenges of fulfilling these requests bog down charter schools, which are sometimes small organizations that educate a few hundred students? Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Should charter schools be subject to open-record laws?," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Bureaucratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bureaucratic. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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bureaucratic

adjective
How to pronounce bureaucratic (audio)

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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