tech·​noc·​ra·​cy | \ tek-ˈnä-krə-sē How to pronounce technocracy (audio) \
plural technocracies

Definition of technocracy

: government by technicians specifically : management of society by technical experts

Examples of technocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From Bismarck’s Prussia flowed the current of modern state technocracy that eventually swelled into the deluge that would consume much of the 20th century. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 17 June 2021 Kirk was clearly more comfortable with the moral outlook of Smithian political economy than the model-and-measure technocracy of university economics, which certainly would not be granted a place in Kirk’s scholarly pantheon. Alexander William Salter, National Review, 31 Mar. 2021 Consumerocracy, bureaucracy, and technocracy promise us greater satisfaction, but don’t deliver. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2020 The action is routine, the drama tends toward the banal and sentimental, and the social symbolism of class division and technocracy, while cleverly worked out, isn’t compelling or coherent enough to tie it all together. Mike Hale, New York Times, 14 May 2020 Technocrats like to say that entire sectors of public policy are very complicated and therefore no one can propose reforms or even understand the sector without entry into the priesthood of the technocracy. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2019 First born in the 1950s at the high-water mark for faith in technocracy, the successive institutions that blossomed into today’s EU were always premised on the notion that voters couldn’t be trusted. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 30 Jan. 2020 As an ideology, technocracy holds that the problems in the world are technical problems that require technical solutions. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2019 Moreover, as Alexis de Tocqueville saw, that daily participation in local governance can help ward off the tendencies toward atomism and technocracy to which modern democracy is susceptible. Fred Bauer, National Review, 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of technocracy

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for technocracy

techno- + -cracy

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“Technocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of technocracy

formal : a system in which people with a lot of knowledge about science or technology control a society

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