dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce democratic (audio) \

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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democratically \ ˌde-​mə-​ˈkra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce democratic (audio) \ adverb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web This is a fundamentally anti-democratic movement that’s interested in overthrowing the U.S. government and creating a race war. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 These once-boring spaces are getting a reboot, with more democratic designs and cozier spaces. New York Times, 15 May 2022 The increasingly authoritarian turn in the Republican Party in the Age of Trump has impacted our entire political culture, from the nation's highest court to the normalization of anti-democratic rhetoric and policy. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 13 May 2022 This is the right move because of both the unprecedented consequences of the forthcoming Dobbs decision and the enduring character of small-d democratic politics. Damon Linker, The Week, 13 May 2022 What’s happened under these socialist-democratic policies under Joe Biden have been a disaster for our minority communities. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 13 May 2022 Medical devices bring more democratic power to patients and create a shared language between individuals and doctors, which leads to better health outcomes, according to Ford. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 13 May 2022 Violence in the context of democratic practices and debate were not only on display at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 13 May 2022 In March 1940, Helsinki had to capitulate after putting up a valiant three-month fight, an outcome which the staunchly democratic Finns ardently hope the Ukrainians will avoid repeating. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Democratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce democratic (audio) \

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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