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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Chavismo strangled Venezuela’s democratic institutions, sent human capital fleeing, destroyed the economy, and generated widespread poverty. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Will Peru Get on the Marxist Path?," 2 May 2021 The attempt to cripple India's democratic institutions is evident everywhere. Meenakshi Narula Ahamed, CNN, "India's Covid crisis has revealed the real Narendra Modi," 1 May 2021 When the country’s top court heard that case last month, Mr. Zuma again refused to appear — a move that many saw as an open challenge to the country’s democratic institutions. New York Times, "South African President Appears Before Corruption Investigators," 28 Apr. 2021 His government has been accused of cracking down on dissent and undermining the country’s democratic institutions. Washington Post, "Thai prime minister fined $190 for not wearing mask in covid-19 meeting," 26 Apr. 2021 The state’s democratic institutions—which were arguably improvised too quickly in 1949—have never seemed more vulnerable. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "Netanyahu—on Trial and Trying to Form a Government—Is Promoting His Own Big Lie," 20 Apr. 2021 Bernie Sanders, a socialist, is committed to strengthening democratic institutions. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, "Dividends of a Just Economy," 13 Apr. 2021 Mr Grumbach developed a State Democracy Index for measuring the health of democratic institutions across all 50 states between 2000 and 2018. The Economist, "In America, Republican-led states are rolling back electoral and civil liberties," 13 Apr. 2021 The horrifying events of January 6th revealed the vulnerability of our democratic institutions. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "Corporate lawyers go to bat for Kristen Clarke," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of democratic was in 1602

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7 May 2021

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“Democratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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
: 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 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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