dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik \

Definition of democratic 

1 : of, relating to, or favoring democracy (see democracy sense 1) democratic elections a democratic government

2 often capitalized : of or relating to one of the two major political parties in the U.S. evolving in the early 19th century from the anti-federalists and the Democratic-Republican party and associated in modern times with policies of broad social reform and internationalism the Democratic candidate for governor

3 : relating to, appealing to, or available to the broad masses of the people democratic art democratic education

4 : favoring social equality : not snobbish disagrees with her very democratic husband

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Other Words from democratic

democratically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for democratic


popular, republican, self-governing, self-ruling


nondemocratic, undemocratic

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Examples of democratic in a Sentence

Democratic elections were held there today for the first time. the country's new democratic constitution Debates are an important part of the democratic process. The Democratic candidate for governor won the debate. Most of these policies appeal to Democratic voters. an interview with a leader of the Democratic Party The organization works to promote democratic reforms around the world.
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But critics see the end of the judiciary’s functioning as a check on power — and a violation of the liberal democratic norms that are required of members of the European Union, which Poland joined in 2004. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Polish Crisis Deepens as Judges Condemn Their Own Court," 5 July 2018 The island transitioned to its own democratic political system in the 1980s and is considered by Beijing to be a renegade province. Suyin Haynes / Taipei, Time, "One Year on From His Death, Taiwan Remembers Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo," 13 July 2018 Some leaders in Asia, Africa and even Europe are beginning to wonder whether China’s authoritarian technocracy is a better governance model for the 21st century than America’s chaotic democratic system. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "America’s Decline Never Seems to Arrive," 2 July 2018 The requirement was not for toughness, but for forbearance and encouragement in the hope that a new democratic system could take root. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump's toughness on Russia judged against his predecessors," 9 June 2018 Officials may calculate that Chinese rich enough to travel abroad are unlikely to be impressed by the achievements of democratic systems. The Economist, "Cash or WeChat?China’s insatiable appetite for foreign travel," 17 May 2018 But the fact that reformers want to run for office in the first place should be seen as an endorsement of the Western democratic system and individual liberties, and a renewal of those institutions, Varricchio added. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Italy's man in America: On Trump, Pompeo, populism, identity, and the NATO Alliance," 30 Mar. 2018 For the most part, the camping queue is a brilliant, democratic and fair process: Anyone who is willing to camp for a night gets a shot at some of the most coveted tickets in tennis. Hilary Howard, New York Times, "Braving the Queue, for Mom and Roger Federer," 6 July 2018 So, increasingly, is Turkey, a member of NATO (but not the EU) which is hostile to the liberal democratic values that bind the alliance. The Economist, "The Western alliance is in trouble," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of democratic

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for democratic

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French democratique, borrowed from Medieval Latin dēmocraticus, borrowed from Greek dēmokratikós, from dēmokratía democracy + -ikos -ic entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of democratic

: based on a form of government in which the people choose leaders by voting : of or relating to democracy

Democratic : of or relating to one of the two major political parties in the U.S.

: relating to the idea that all people should be treated equally


dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik \

Kids Definition of democratic

1 : relating to or favoring political democracy

2 : relating to a major political party in the United States that is associated with helping common people

3 : believing in or practicing the idea that people are socially equal

Other Words from democratic

democratically \ -​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb a democratically elected government

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