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 \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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The acquisition helps Amazon overcome the bureaucratic hurdle of securing pharmacy licenses, since PillPack is already licensed to ship prescriptions in 50 states. The purchase is expected to close in the second half of 2018. New York Times, "The Week in Tech: Amazon Continues Its Quest for World Domination," 29 June 2018 Despite a string of seemingly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles, the search by Searle and a team of dedicated advocates succeeded, culminating in a first meeting between Searle and her son, Robert Cummings, on May 29. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Overcoming 'a bureaucratic demolition of human rights,' an intellectually disabled woman finds son taken at birth," 28 June 2018 Although Trump ended family separations in an executive order last week, many parents are still trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, far from their children and unsure how they will be reunited. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Separated and deported: A father's story," 26 June 2018 Although Trump ended family separations in an executive order last week, many parents are still trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare, far from their children and unsure how they will be reunited. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. officials separated him from his daughter. Then he was deported to El Salvador.," 24 June 2018 But increasing numbers are being deported and forced to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles and legal complexities of reunification from thousands of miles away. Richard Marosi, latimes.com, "What family separation looks like: Guatemalan man is deported, while his 6-year-old daughter remains behind in New York City," 21 June 2018 But first, the new restaurant — to be named Hazel, Ravines and Downtown — must clear some bureaucratic hurdles. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "The Stand restaurant in Birmingham to become new venture for One-Eyed Betty's co-founders," 23 May 2018 Wheeler said the SuperTanker, which helped fight California wildfires in 2017, was delayed this season due to bureaucratic and technical glitches that prevented his plane from being authorized in Colorado and California. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "'Stretched to the limit' by fires, state allows aerial SuperTanker to re-join fight," 7 July 2018 His mother, Olivia Caceres, sought asylum weeks later and — after enduring one bureaucratic hurdle after another, including a DNA test — was reunited with her son nearly three months after he was taken away. Maria Sacchetti, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration seeks to extend deadline for reuniting some migrant families," 6 July 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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