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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Other Words from democratic

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

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 Oh, my God, this is going to be ten years of an increasingly polarized world around issues of race and immigration and attacks on democratic norms. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "An A.F.L.-C.I.O. Adviser Considers the Future of American Workers," 15 May 2020 As Europe, Latin America, and even the United States witness a steady erosion of democratic norms and institutions, Arab activists and journalists are embroiled in an all-out war in defense of those values, facing arrest, sham trials, even torture. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facing down jail and wealthy foes, Arab rights defenders soldier on," 12 May 2020 Ideally, these will come not through the Federal Reserve but rather via more democratic institutions, such as Congress and local governments. Matt Stoller, Wired, "The Relief Package Ushers In Trump's Planned Economy," 31 Mar. 2020 In reaching into democratic societies, the CCP’s primary focus appears to be undermining criticism of China. Julian Gewirtz, Harper's Magazine, "To Rebel Is Justified," 30 Mar. 2020 Suddenly, the case against Donald Trump isn’t built around his trashing of democratic norms, his truckling to Vladimir Putin, or his treachery in shaking down Ukraine. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "A Case for Unity," 16 Mar. 2020 Postponing a vote can easily be seen by critics as a failure to maintain stability during a time of crisis, or, worse yet, as a fundamental breach of democratic norms. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus’s Real and Immediate Threat to Democracy," 12 Mar. 2020 Why Sanders brands himself a democratic socialist remains unclear. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Bernie Sanders isn’t a democratic socialist. He is a social democrat," 23 Feb. 2020 News is information that’s required in a democratic society, and Thomas Jefferson said a democracy is dependent on an informed citizenry. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Jim Lehrer, PBS NewsHour Co-Founder and Longtime Anchor, Dies at 85," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Democratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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