tech·​noc·​ra·​cy tek-ˈnä-krə-sē How to pronounce technocracy (audio)
plural technocracies
: government by technicians
specifically : management of society by technical experts

Examples of technocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, American policy-makers must choose with respect to AI: freedom or technocracy, prosperity or economic insignificance. David McGarry, National Review, 11 Jan. 2024 Imposed by unelected mandarins, federal designs celebrate technocracy and faceless power. Myron Magnet, WSJ, 26 June 2023 In recent years, this has occurred when the country defers to technocracy, expecting that the best outcomes emerge when experts govern for rather than govern with the rest of the citizenry. Danielle Allen, Foreign Affairs, 6 Sep. 2022 The ideal is pure technocracy. Hari Kunzru, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 The mission of maintaining US leadership in the sciences by reaping the fruits of education from around the world—while refusing to share knowledge—reveals an appalling sense of entitlement, an elitist ideology privileging technocracy, and the colonial logic of extraction and domination. Yangyang Cheng, Wired, 24 Feb. 2022 Perhaps this sounds benign in the obtuse verbiage of technocracy. Oren Cass, CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 It’s not that internationalist liberal technocracy has been relegated to the past. Hari Kunzru, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 Our stepwise innovations in CI systems—such as representative, nation-state democracy, capitalist and noncapitalist markets, and bureaucratic technocracy—have already shaped the modern world. Wired, 15 Aug. 2022

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Word History


techno- + -cracy

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of technocracy was in 1895

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“Technocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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