bureaucratic

adjective
bu·​reau·​crat·​ic | \ ˌbyu̇r-ə-ˈkra-tik , 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 , ˌbyər-​ \ adverb

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The duckling, meanwhile, seemed unbothered by the bureaucratic tug-of-war over its future home. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Federal workers cared for a mother duck before rats devoured her nest. Then this lone duckling hatched.," 9 July 2018 The reason that pharmaceutical companies focus on rare diseases like Dravet and LGS—at least for seizure drugs—is driven as much by business and bureaucratic considerations as medical ones, doctors and pharmaceutical executives have told me. Fred Vogelstein, WIRED, "The FDA Approved Its First Cannabis Drug. What Next?," 27 June 2018 The temptation will be to view Windrush as a scandal of bureaucratic incompetence, and there’s plenty of that on display. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Gone With the Windrush in Britain," 30 Apr. 2018 Theoretically, Ferris’s inability to get a visa this time could be a case of an unforseeable backlog, or bureaucratic incompetence, something not unknown to this administration or previous ones. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "So much for the luck of the Irish," 15 Mar. 2018 While multi-year developmental programs are by no means disappearing, the idea is to circumvent some of the more bureaucratic and cumbersome elements of the acquisition process. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Air Force cites need to defend against enemy's hypersonic weapons," 19 Sep. 2018 As policymakers debated between returning those who were unaccompanied to Haiti or releasing them to American relatives, the kids withered in a bureaucratic limbo. Brianna Nofil, Time, "Family Separation Is Officially Over, but History Suggests the U.S. Won't Find a Good Solution for Migrant Children," 28 June 2018 The first half plays like a Beckettian comedy of bureaucratic limbo. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Lucrecia Martel's 'Zama' is a feverishly brilliant tale of European colonialism and its discontents," 26 Apr. 2018 This would allow whichever party wins the most seats in Parliament to install its leader as the new president of the bureaucratic Commission when Jean-Claude Juncker’s term ends. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Missing Vote," 27 Dec. 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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bureaucratic

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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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