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

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Authorities looking to get rid of the craft must navigate a bureaucratic maze first, according to El País. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Wants to Claim This Abandoned Airplane at Madrid's Main Airport," 28 Jan. 2019 It had not yet drilled because of numerous bureaucratic delays within the U.S. departments of Interior and Agriculture that prompted the company to sue in 2013. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "Judge restores energy lease on Montana land sacred to tribes," 25 Sep. 2018 The pair found a location there, jumped through bureaucratic hoops and secured financing only to have the landowner to pull out of the deal at the last minute. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Food halls set out to be the next big thing in Detroit dining," 15 June 2018 The proposal would reduce bureaucratic delays for farmers, reduce costs for recruitment and other items, and open the program to dairy farmers and others. WSJ, "Congress Must Help Labor Down on the Farm," 28 May 2018 In fighting back, China could impose onerous regulatory and bureaucratic hurdles on U.S. companies’ Chinese operations. Washington Post, "China’s bravado belies worries over trade clashes with US," 5 July 2018 But if Republicans are remotely sincere in their opposition to bureaucratic waste, their unflinching support for constantly increasing the Pentagon’s budget is difficult to comprehend. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Pentagon’s ‘Logistics Agency’ Lost Track of More Than $800 Million," 5 Feb. 2018 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

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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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