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 Our current predicament shows how this flaw can undermine the office’s supposedly democratic and politically accountable nature. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Elena Kagan’s Fiery Defense of the Administrative State," 2 July 2020 That is the essence of the great democratic experiment of America—one that is far from finding a perfect, fair balance of power, but exists and thrives only in its relentless pursuit. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "The history of the US ballot is a fascinating journey through the making of a democracy," 2 July 2020 His songs had galvanized a movement that succeeded in pushing Ethiopia’s previous prime minister to step down and opening the way for democratic reforms. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Ethiopia protests spark Internet shutdown and fears of high death toll after popular singer killed," 1 July 2020 Those include weakening America’s democratic system and exacerbating social divisions. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lack of US consensus on Russia? Bounty report poses sharper question.," 1 July 2020 The question is, when combined with algorithmic filters and disinformation, how will these forces shape the politics of protest and democratic action in the years ahead? Anjana Susarla, The Conversation, "TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity," 30 June 2020 The move was intended to showcase his broad support and add a democratic veneer to the constitutional changes. Fox News, "Putin nears goal of changing Russian constitution, letting him stay in power until 2036," 30 June 2020 There’s Covid-19 and there’s a global democracy blight causing political life in many countries to become more polarized and less democratic. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Global Political Pandemic," 29 June 2020 Banda who ruled Malawi with an iron fist, was ousted together with his MCP in 1994 when the country held its first ever democratic election. Rabson Kondowe, Quartz Africa, "Malawi’s opposition leader has won its historic presidential election rerun," 27 June 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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“Democratic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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