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 \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Scherr does expect some challenges, especially in navigating the VA’s complex bureaucratic system. Fleming Smith, ajc, "UGA’s School of Law opens free legal clinic for veterans," 9 July 2018 The policy to separate families was rescinded last week and caused confusion and chaos as parents sought to find their children in a vast bureaucratic system. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "What Happens to Families Crossing the Border: The Current Rules," 28 June 2018 Machine guns serve purely as an investment tool for anyone willing to endure the requisite bureaucratic obstacles—an extreme version of requirements gun law advocates seek for more common types of firearms. Polly Mosendz, Bloomberg.com, "How One Man Got Rich Selling Machine Guns," 5 Apr. 2018 Machine guns serve purely as an investment tool for anyone willing to endure the requisite bureaucratic obstacles—an extreme version of requirements gun law advocates seek for more common types of firearms. Fortune, "How Buying and Selling Machine Guns in America Made This Man Rich — Yes, Actual Machine Guns," 5 Apr. 2018 Báez’s story — one of personal tragedy, made worse by a lack of opportunities and bureaucratic red tape — has become the human face of the Puerto Rican influx after Hurricane María. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 2018 Passport applicants have to go through a series of time-consuming bureaucratic steps. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "These Haitian kids need surgery in another country. Getting a passport is the hard part," 22 June 2018 Expect Republicans to stick to their talking points on bureaucratic red tape and pocketbook issues that tend to resonate with voters. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Five Key Takeaways From The First GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate," 12 June 2018 Anthony Bourdain’s body is stuck in bureaucratic red tape in France, leaving funeral plans for him temporarily on hold, the celebrity chef’s mom told The Post on Sunday. Fox News, "Anthony Bourdain's mother says his body is stuck in France," 10 June 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

adjective

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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