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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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 Hong Kong residents march every year on the anniversary of the handover, demonstrating for democratic values and usually calling attention to particular causes. New York Times,, "Thousands protest in Hong Kong on China influence," 1 July 2018 Poland was grilled by its European Union colleagues over democratic values at an unprecedented hearing on Tuesday, just days before its latest court overhaul is set to make irrevocable changes to the justice system. Marek Strzelecki,, "EU Says Poland Must Do More to Quell Concern Over Court Revamps," 25 June 2018 These actions are dangerous and a threat to our democratic values. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the Editor: Hultgren's slow to respond on immigration issue, Ellman understands need for gun law reform, more," 22 June 2018 Unlike almost every other democratic leader, Mr. Trump doesn’t try to placate critics. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 Around the world today, one in three people lives under an authoritarian regime, while many others are experiencing a decline in their democratic freedoms. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination presents an emergency — for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 But movement conservatism — like its left-wing sibling — is a major threat to democratic ideals. Cass Sunstein, star-telegram, "Does Trump's Supreme Court nominee have a personal political agenda?," 10 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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