democratic

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for democratic

Synonyms

popular, republican, self-governing, self-ruling

Antonyms

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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Recent Examples on the Web

But there is little sign of the intense energy that accompanied the near victory of a leftist candidate in fraud-stained 1988 elections that kicked off Mexico's democratic transition. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, "Appealing to populists, Lopez Obrador on verge of winning Mexico’s presidency," 22 June 2018 The social-democratic Republican People’s Party (CHP) put forward a dynamic candidate, Muharrem Ince, who has garnered enthusiastic support with promises of improved Western relations and populist economic policies. Time, "Turkey's Elections May Be Imperfect But They Still Matter," 22 June 2018 Well, first of all, the democratic party has been very close to Silicon Valley all through the Obama years and since Clinton’s, right? Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Corey Pein, author of ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ on Recode Decode," 13 June 2018 Despite a promise of autonomy, activists complain mainland influence over its democratic elections is increasing. Fox News, "In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party," 23 Sep. 2018 Security is a big part of New Zealand’s allure, and it is expressed in many forms: a stable democratic government, low crime, abundant energy resources, and forward-thinking environmental policies. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Parts of the globe, even the democratic ones, will continue their flirtation with authoritarianism. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 There is one tech behemoth whose workers have stayed oddly quiet, even as it has been pilloried by outsiders for everything from its privacy practices to its effect on democratic elections to its role in ethnic violence around the world. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Chávez was a gifted demagogue who used majority backing to gradually but relentlessly destroy democratic institutions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Revolt in Venezuela," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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democratic

adjective

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

democratic

adjective
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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