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 bureaucratically (audio) , ˌbyər-​ \ adverb

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As lead architect, Mr. Freelon helped with the design and oversaw the technical aspects of the project, which included negotiating the thickets of bureaucratic Washington. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Phil Freelon, architect who helped design Smithsonian’s African American Museum, dies at 66," 13 July 2019 Kim, who likely understands the value of pageantry better than bureaucratic brawlers like Bolton, has figured out that the play’s the thing to capture the attention of the king. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Meaning of Trump’s Historic North Korean Jaunt, in One Image," 2 July 2019 Patients, families, and their doctors need somebody to cut this bureaucratic Gordian knot and end the madness. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 Certainly, some facilities have taken shortcuts, as the result of either bureaucratic incompetence or limited resources. A. G. Hamilton, National Review, "What the Viral Border-Patrol Video Leaves Out," 24 June 2019 The situation has led to bureaucratic turf battles and a general inefficiency, experts said. A.c. Thompson, ProPublica, "Years Ago, the Border Patrol’s Discipline System Was Denounced as “Broken.” It’s Still Not Fixed.," 20 June 2019 The walk-in initiative is a creative twist on traditional job interviews, removing bureaucratic barriers and streamlining the process. Jessica Levy, Cincinnati.com, "Ensemble to create 1100 new jobs in Cincinnati by 2020," 7 June 2019 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

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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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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