pure democracy


Definition of pure democracy

: democracy in which the power is exercised directly by the people rather than through representatives

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Recent Examples on the Web This kind of pure democracy, and ad hoc style of action, much of it happening online via messaging apps, is completely new to Hong Kong politics. Mary Hui, Quartz, "How Hong Kong went from the Umbrella Movement to a “revolution of our times”," 27 Sep. 2019 Sunday’s vote was another milestone in Tunisia’s transition from 22 years of dictatorship into the Arab world’s purest democracy. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Tunisia Votes for a President as It Struggles to Build Democracy," 15 Sep. 2019 There has been no pure democracy in the history of Saudi Arabia. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancée Speaks About Mourning and Freedom," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pure democracy

1656, in the meaning defined above

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“Pure democracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pure%20democracy. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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