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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The other has proudly called himself a democratic socialist and touted his years of experience fighting for progressive causes. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Biden vs. Sanders and other things to watch in the first Democratic debates," 14 June 2019 Though the senator continues to call himself a democratic socialist, his vague definition of socialism is still closer to the social democracy that FDR ushered in. Conor Lynch, The New Republic, "The Left’s Failure to Envision a World Without Capitalism," 12 June 2019 For Democrats other than Warren and Sanders, association with Ocasio-Cortez could be risky: Party centrists worry about her high profile as a democratic socialist. Janet Hook, latimes.com, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dangles 2020 endorsement: Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren?," 11 June 2019 There's the constant abuse of democratic institutions and the press. CNN, "The bond market may be signaling something worse than a recession: Distrust in America," 4 June 2019 Modern democratic societies and forward-thinking companies are taking steps to build new guardrails for data monetization, privacy, and transparency to salvage trust in our digital interactions. Paul Roehrig, Quartz, "The internet is broken. But we can’t just repair it—we need to rebuild it," 3 June 2019 And this has profound potential ramifications for even just the fundamental civil liberties on which democratic societies rely. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Microsoft’s president says we need to regulate facial recognition tech before ‘the year 2024 looks like the book “1984”’," 7 Nov. 2018 Preservation of democratic society means that there is no escaping the trial, no fleeing from the discomfort. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 BEIJING - June 4, 1989 was a day of violent clashes between young Chinese who wanted democratic reforms and Chinese authorities who were prepared to use deadly force to stop them. Anna Fifield, Shibani Mahtani, Anchorage Daily News, "China hits out at US ‘babbling’ as it seeks to suppress memories of Tiananmen," 4 June 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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